WOMEN PREP FOR PLAYOFFS
With the season off to a great start, the varsity women’s soccer team has high hopes for playoffs. The girls have a league record of 5-0-1, tying Antelope 2-2. With teams like St. Francis, El Camino, and Granite Bay in the league, the girls have some tough competition. Also, rival schools like El Camino promise to be difficult opponents this season.
Despite this intense opposition, the girls remain united as a team. The girls treat each other with respect and admiration on and off the field. Senior goalie, Michaela Milesi says, “My favorite part about being on the team is getting to play with talented, great people each year.” This attitude keeps the team close, no matter what difficulties they face.
Twenty-four girls were chosen to play on the team and all of them have crucial roles in the success of the team. All of the girls are looking forward to playoffs and hopefully going all the way to sections again. Sophomore Emily Hansen said, “It was an unforgettable experience winning last year, and I would definitely like to do it again.” With the help of her fellow teammates, Hansen plans on repeating history.
While every aspect of playing soccer holds immense excitement for the girls, nothing surpasses the feeling of a victory. “The excitement of winning games makes it a fun experience,” Milesi says of their 5-0-1 record. The team has excelled this season, not yet taking a loss. With the superstar lineup we have this year, this streak could continue for a long time.
The returning four year varsity players Michaela Milesi and Samantha Carpenter are definite powerhouses for the team and keep the girls energized and in the zone. They also mentor the younger girls, imbuing them with the skills they need not only to be better players, but also better teammates.
Alexa Heinzer is an all-star on the field as well; she is one of their star forwards and a big scorer for the team. She acts as another leader and excels at offensive play.
In preparation for the school season, some of the girls play in competitive leagues like Cap FC and Boca in the off-season and during the school season. This helps them to keep their skills sharp and stay in shape when they aren’t representing the school.
Their last league game is Tuesday, May 1 at El Camino at 4:00. It’s sure to be an exciting rival match, and the team expects a strong showing. Go out and support your Lady Raiders as they fight for their position in the playoffs and league champions! Playoffs begin Thursday May 12, so be ready to get rowdy for this season’s all-star varsity soccer team.