New girls soccer team starts season off strong

The girls’ soccer season kicked off with the first game on Monday, Feb. 13 at Watkins home.

“I’ve been playing soccer for seven years already and I’ve always wanted to play on the school team. Bak was my first experience and it was something I was willing to commit to,” Ashlie Cubas, seventh grade returning defense player said.

The team beat Watkins middle in their first game with a score of 7-0.

“The team works really well on and off the field together. I have a lot of returning players that will help lead this season,” Coach Lauren Goepfert said.

The girls had set goals that they would have liked to achieve over the course of the season.

“I expect for the team to improve throughout the season through hard work and dedication and I hope we can win counties this year,” Sylvia Ng. eighth grade team captain said.

As the team prepared to win each game, Ng said they also bonded with each other through practice. This allowed them to work better together.

“I feel the team has a good connection and we have a strong bond, not only on the field but also off the field,” Ng said.

The team lost to Duncan Middle with a score of 1-3. Cubas felt that there were many improvements to be made to the team’s plays. She hoped to help new teammates get the hang of things.

“My responsibility as a returning player is to make sure that I am motivating the other girls and looking out for things that the captains may not see,” Cubas said.

Cubas also wished to work on the way they maneuvered throughout the field.

“Last year we had a very well rounded defense and, although we are missing our old eighth graders, this year we have a lot of good sixth graders that are good at getting the ball, that was one of the things we had trouble with last year,” Cubas said.

As the team left old memories behind, they were ready to create new ones and aspired to make it to the playoffs this season.

“I think that having our team bonding moments, we are able to play together and respect each other,” Cubas said. “We know we are not going to win without the number one thing, which is teamwork.”