Girls Soccer Over but Ready for Next Year

Zoe Panas

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After graduating nine seniors last year, critics were sure that this would be a “building year” for the young Kent girls’ soccer team. Though roughly half of the players are new to the team, this season so far can only be counted as a success. The three captains—seniors Alyssa Kendall and Vanessa Rojas and junior Maggie Jones—unify the team with their spirit and positive, friendly attitudes. Last year the girls broke their record for most wins in a season, and this year they’re continuing that trailblazing streak with a historic win against Kent Island High School.

The regular season ended with six wins, three ties, and two losses. In their first playoff game on November 3, the girls soccer team fought hard against Cambridge South Dorchester, arguably outplaying them for all of the first ninety minutes and into the two ten-minute halfs of overtime. In the last two minutes of the second half of overtime, an unlucky bounce of the ball led to a goal by Cambridge, ending the game and the season for Kent.

The season may have ended prematurely, but all members of the team agree that they are proud of the way the girls worked together all year and never lost sight of their goal. Said Coach Rachel Keiser in a final message to the team, “We are a team, a great team, that has faced many adversities and lived to fight on… Again, I love you and couldn’t be any more proud to call you my team!” This bittersweet ending to the season left several team members in tears, but heightened the team’s determination and drive concerning next year’s season. In the words of captain Maggie Jones, “We’ll get them next year, girls!”

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Girls Soccer Over but Ready for Next Year