Girls Soccer Conquers Senior Night, Looks to Postseason

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Provided by Julia McCarthy

Girls soccer seniors (from left) Amelia Anello, Kailey Dunne, Julia McCarthy, and Payton Yates celebrated Senior Night this past Friday. The group hopes to lead the team on a lengthy postseason run in the coming weeks.

Charlotte Varnes, Editor-in-Chief

The girls varsity soccer team not only secured a huge win against St. Edward’s last Friday, but gave their seniors a magnificent send-off on Senior Night. Though the game had a slow start with only two goals being scored before the first half water break, the Tigers ultimately came together to defeat St. Ed’s 7-0. 

Although the night ended with a big victory, players differed in their views of how the game went. 

“I honestly think the game could’ve gone better,” said senior midfielder Amelia Anello. “It started slow and I think everyone was kind of rushed… I know a lot of us were impatient because I know all the seniors really wanted to score, so it was kind of like, ‘Can we kick it and just score, and score, and score?’. I think towards the middle we figured out that it’s more of a passing thing, and we figured it out, played like we normally played, and scored lots of goals. We had a lot of younger kids score tonight too along with the seniors. I think it worked out well in the end.”

“I did nothing, which means that everyone did their job,” said senior goalie Payton Yates. “I’m just happy that the team didn’t take this game for granted, even though it was supposed to be an easy win. I think that shows our character and how we treated this team with respect, even when we scored as many goals as we did, so I think it just shows that the sportsmanship of our team is that good and that our soccer skills are that good.”

The game featured typical Senior Night festivities including seniors and their families being honored at halftime and gift bags for the seniors, with one exception. This year, the senior captains passed on their armbands to younger players to encourage them heading into the postseason and set the stage for next season’s leaders. This made the night special not only for the seniors, but the underclassmen as well. 

“I think the team atmosphere on the field was good,” Anello said. “It felt, this kind of sounds a little bit selfish, like it was focused on the seniors and everyone was onboard with it. I personally, liked passing it on to the younger kids with what we did at halftime with the armbands. That meant a lot and it was really sweet and special. It was a fun way to do Senior Night.”

“My favorite part was the halftime thing [ceremony], just seeing my team being there and the emotions,” Yates said. 

Although Senior Night ended well for the Tigers, the seniors aren’t satisfied yet and are hopeful for a successful postseason run. 

“My goal is to do well in Districts and make it to the District final because we are in a tougher district this year, so as long as we keep playing as we are, I think that will happen,” said senior forward Julia McCarthy.

“An ending goal is to win Districts, but I’m not sure that will happen,” said senior midfielder Kailey Dunne. “An obvious goal is to go as far as we can and do as well as we can.”

The team’s four seniors are excited to extend their winning ways to the postseason and enjoy their last weeks with the team. The Tigers will take on Cocoa Beach in the District Semifinals at home on January 30th at 6 p.m, so make sure to come out and support the team as they begin their postseason run.