Women’s Soccer Team on the Grind
by Guy Lohoua
If anyone has been by the weight room on Mondays or Wednesdays after school, then they have probably noticed the huge concentration of girls doing core on the floor. The women’s soccer team has been putting in hard work for the past month in order to prepare for their Spring season. These practices are completely optional, but turnout this year has been higher than in recent years. Last year, the team was plagued with injuries so numerous that, at one point, half of the varsity team was unable to play. This resulted in having to move up many JV players so that the team would not have to forfeit. In order to avoid the same outcome this year, many of the returning players are fully invested in conditioning to strengthen their bodies before the season. The captains this year, Megan Sobolewski, Adv. 809, Rebecca Skipper, Adv. 806, and Arly Escamilla, Adv. 801, are really taking charge in order to prevent the shortcomings that dragged the team down last year from happening again.
Last year, the women's varsity soccer team finished with a record of seven wins, 11 losses, and one tie--these scores likely due to the injuries. The biggest adjustment that has to be made from last year is dealing with the loss of seniors from the Class of 2016. Without them, the team felt new and had to learn how to play with each other. Many people are looking forward to seeing the team revived, especially Skipper, who has been recovering from a recurring knee injury. As one of the leading scorers even while injured, who knows what to expect when she’s back to full strength.
This year, the chemistry on the team is much stronger. The team lost one starting senior, so this year’s team is composed of mostly returning players. When asked about the direction she wants the team to take, Sobolewski said, “We’d like to maintain the fun, supportive, family-like atmosphere of the team. Other goals the team has this year include: winning more games than last year, beating Payton and keeping the fire hydrant that is exchanged between the two schools, and holding onto the ball better as a team, rather than specific individuals being good at it.
With the level of dedication being displayed right now, Northsiders are expecting great things from the team this season and cannot wait to cheer them on.