Varsity Girls’ Soccer Ties Raiders at First Home Game


Lena Boas

Kaleia Coughlin ’26 dribbes the ball towards the sideline to gain more space for the Warriors.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Warriors played the Cedar Ridge Raiders for their first home game of the season, which ended in a 1-1 tie.

From kick-off, both teams played a very physical game. Despite the pressure the Raiders were putting on at midfield, the Warriors held good possession of the ball and took repeated shots on goal. After multiple shots on goal from the Warriors, the Raiders fouled and received a yellow card. As the spectators loudly cheered, defender Paula Marza ‘24 took the penalty kick, but the goalie blocked her shot.

Three minutes after halftime, the Raiders dribbled past the Warriors’ defense line and scored a goal. The pressure was on for the Warriors to not let in another goal, and the audience excitedly cheered on the team.

With the clock ticking and only 15 minutes left in the game, Sasha Brown ‘23 dribbled down the line and crossed the ball to Tayte Webster ‘23, who headed the ball into the net.

“We were talking a lot on film about getting to every ball and not worrying about the other [team],” Brown said. “Tayte was in the right place at the right time and she had a beautiful shot with that header.”

The Warriors previously played in scrimmages and participated in the annual overnight Woodlands tournament at the beginning of January. Team bonding is integral to communicating well with the other players and draws the team closer together.

“The [team] moves the ball well, their chemistry has gotten better, and all of the bonding we have been able to do at overnight tournaments pays off,” varsity girls head coach Malcolm Framjee said. “They’ve grown up together, known each other for a long time, and that feeds into their chemistry, style, and the way that they play. They’re only getting better and better.”

The team will face off away against Vista Ridge on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 P.M.