JV Girls’ Soccer Triumphs 1-0 Over McNeil

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  • Jessica Lane ’21 high-fives her teammates before the game.

  • Emma Goolsbey ’21 dribbles into open space.

  • Sophia Ghelardini ’21 fakes her opponent.

  • Ella Moss ’22 runs to beat a defender.

  • Sophia Ghelardini ’21 dribbles downfield.

  • Ella Moss ’22 races down the sideline.

  • Anita You ’22 fights for a header.

  • Claire Carpenter ’21 dribbles down the field.

  • Karine Leclercq ’20 sprints after the ball.

  • Eliza Kotick ’22 chases down a McNeil player.

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The JV girls’ soccer team faced the McNeil Mavericks on Friday, Jan. 25. The Lady Warriors fought through the windy and cold weather to win the game 1-0.

“I think we did better than we have in past games,” Maya Berdeja ‘22 said. “We just need to take more shots on the goal.”

The Mavericks opened the first half with the kickoff which led to an immediate shot blocked by goalkeeper Gabbi Wallace ‘22. After that, the Lady Warriors held possession of the ball for the majority of the half as a result of multiple tackles by Emma Goolsbey ‘21, Sophia Ghelardini ‘21, and Ella Moss ‘22. There were several close shot attempts made by Claire Carpenter ‘21, Katelyn Woodruff ‘21, Goolsbey, and Moss, and a foul was made on Jessica Lane ‘21, which brought the Lady Warriors close to scoring. In the last few minutes of the first half, a cross by Goolsbey led to a goal by Woodruff, closing the half 1-0.

“[We can improve on] the times when [the ball is] on our half,” Wallace said. “We need to play with a little more urgency to get it onto the other half and get it out of the front of our goal.”

Anita You ‘22 began the second half with good defense, stealing and kicking the ball out of bounds to stop the Mavericks from scoring a goal. Moss’ passes and a give-and-go play led to the Lady Warriors getting close to the goal, but the Mavericks refused to give them another point and counterattacked. However, Wallace didn’t let the Mavericks score and had several saves. Berdeja got fouled and Carpenter took the kick, bringing the Lady Warriors near the goal. Goolsbey put the ball in the box, and You made a close shot attempt. A tackle, also made by Goolsbey, led to another goal attempt by Carpenter. The Mavericks stole the ball back and tried to score in the last few minutes, but the Lady Warriors’ strong defense by You, Ghelardini, and Anya Hegde ‘22 didn’t let the Mavericks score a single goal, ending the match 1-0.

“Our communication was a lot better this game, and it’s something we’ve been working on,” You said. “It was good to have a home win.”

The Lady Warriors will take on the Vandegrift Vipers on Friday, Feb. 1.