Women’s soccer battles weather

Though the weather was not cooperative, both teams exhibited skill and determination on the field this season.

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The varsity offense fights towards the goal in their game on Thursday, May 4. They played against Reynolds.

The varsity offense fights towards the goal in their game on Thursday, May 4. They played against Reynolds.

Hannah Boone

Hannah Boone

The varsity offense fights towards the goal in their game on Thursday, May 4. They played against Reynolds.

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Despite the torrential downpour that the Triad area experienced this spring, the women’s soccer team trooped on. Both junior varsity and varsity had good seasons, albeit irregular ones as games were postponed, canceled and changed. The team that truly shone this season, however, is JV.

The JV team only lost one game this season against Northwest Guilford. They beat West twice, which makes them conference champions. The players enjoyed the season and developed their talents.

“I had a great time, and I love all my friends, new and old,” said sophomore JV player and co-captain Ashlyn Tickle.

As for varsity, they won 10 games and lost eight. They tied one game against Forbush. The girls played hard throughout the season, and multiple games were made even more challenging due to weather conditions.

“We all worked so hard to get the results we did this season,” said senior and varsity captain Alexa Bellias.

While sometimes teams can play in the rain, the difficulties it causes often lead to complications. For example, passes can get stunted by muddiness of the field, the ball can skip on the wet surfaces, and the offense faces a greater threat of slide tackles by the defense because the conditions are better for these actions.

The teams did everything they could to mitigate these issues, from holding indoor practices to postponing games to days the weather looked better. Amid all those efforts, Mother Nature still did not appear to be on their side.

“We cancelled most games, which was sad,” Tickle said. “We weren’t able to practice or play, which made us lose some skill.”

It is bittersweet for seniors to have finished their final season at Reagan. They are excited about future opportunities, but will miss high school soccer.

“This past season has been one of my favorite seasons playing for Reagan,” Bellias said. “I’m sad to see it all come to an end.”

All in all, despite obstacles in the form of storms and flooding, the two women’s soccer teams have finished out the season with good records. It will be interesting to see if the season next year will be reminiscent of this one, or if the weather will change completely once more.

 

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