Kickin’ “Grass” and Takin’ Names

Girls Soccer Ends Winning Season


     This past season for the girls soccer team was one of learning and building. Their regular season record ended at a solid 7-6-4.

     That regular season ended with a victory versus Orange, but they were unable to capitalize on this momentum, moving forward into the post season, suffering a stunning loss to NDCL. Head coach, Mr. Joe DiLalla, explained the cause of this result. “We were all disappointed in ourselves. There were several missed scoring opportunities; our players didn’t play to their full potential and they all realize that.”

     The toughest challenge the girls faced was having yet another coach, trying to familiarize themselves with him and understand him. “You have to remember,” said DiLalla, “these senior girls have had four coaches in the span of four years. I just wanted to give the team some stability and let them know that I was there for them.”

     The highlight of the 2014 season was the tie versus Kenston. Even though it might not be an outright victory, the team persevered and came back from a 0-1 score in the second half. Perhaps the biggest part of the game was that senior, Marissa Burwell, scored the first goal of her entire high school soccer career.

     The team’s big takeaway for next year is that they need to mentally prepare themselves for games and stay focused on their mission during game day. Coach Dilalla, once again, noted, “We were always physically prepared for our games, but something wasn’t right in our minds. It seemed almost as if there was a switch that didn’t always flip in our brains during our warm-ups. This is something I will focus on next season.”