Varsity Girls’ Soccer Suffers Harsh Bite Against Vipers 2-0

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  • Senior Abigail Burgett kicks the ball down the field to another midfielder. The other defenders around her were there to assist if she needed someone to fall back on.

  • Midfielders Padt Skwratananond ’23 and Katherine Cooper ’24 step in to gain back possession of the ball. Communication was an integral part of the game and made the team function well together.

  • Forward Kaleia Coughlin ’26 lunges to shoot the ball down the line. Many players switched positions to allow for more space.

  • Dribbling down the field, Katherine Cooper ’24 looks for an open pass. There were a lot of opportunities to switch the ball around the field and to create space.

  • Sasha Brown ’23 steps in for a side tackle to shield the ball from the other team. The very physical game led to many fouls and injuries.

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In a grueling home game on Friday, Feb. 10, the Warriors lost to the Vandegrift Vipers 2-0.

From the moment the referee blew the whistle at kickoff, it was an extremely physical and well-matched game with many one-on-one tackles from both sides. The Warriors delivered strong passes and both teams continuously shifted their positions up and down the field in order to find a break in the other’s defense. 

In the first half of the game, the Warriors took many shots at the goal. The boisterous and lively crowd egged on both teams to play with passion to shoot the first goal of the evening.

About 15 minutes into the second half, the Vipers advanced towards the Westwood goal and scored. After this play, the Warriors tightened their defense, but with 18 minutes left in the game, a Vandegrift forward dribbled past the Warrior defenders and shot another goal.

“We have a couple of injuries and are missing players, it’s been hard to find replacements since they’re such key players on the field,” Goalie Atlee Olofson said. “The [goals] Vandegrift scored were good goals so we can’t be mad about it. Our team just did a really good job of working hard.”

The Warriors exhibited remarkable perseverance and held their own for every minute of the game against their long-time rivals while showcasing their complicated footwork to slip past many of Vandegrift’s players.

The Warriors will play their next game on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. against Stony Point at the Warrior Bowl.