Girls’ varsity soccer falls short to Whitman, eliminated from playoffs

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Girls’ soccer celebrates their county championship win against Poolesville.

Varsity girls’ soccer finished the season w10-1-1, notably with a 6-1 win against Rockville on Sept. 9, a 3-2 win against Quince Orchard on Sept. 14, a win against Watkins Mill 6-1 on Sept. 17, a 3-0 win against Richard Montgomery on Oct. 12 and and huge 10-0 win against Paint Branch on Oct. 16. They beat Damascus 7-1 on Oct. 21. They tied 0-0 to Bethesda-Chevy Chase on Oct. 7 and lost to Poolesville 2-1 on Oct. 18.

Obviously I think everyone on the team wanted to beat Whitman and move farther in the playoffs, but this was a great season with great coaching and teammates and I was very pleased with how the season went.”

— Adalyn Gully

The team didn’t get the final outcome that they wanted, which was winning states, but they did get a big accomplishment in winning counties against Poolesville 3-0.  Senior and goalie Adalyn Gully said she was happy with the outcome of the season but the overall goal was not achieved as they fell short 1-0 to Whitman on Nov. 6 in the playoffs. “Obviously I think everyone on the team wanted to beat Whitman and move farther in the playoffs, but this was a great season with great coaching and teammates and I was very pleased with how the season went,” Gully said.  

Senior Nicole Jezek said this is a bitter ending to her soccer career, but looks forward to seeing what the future holds. Jezek ksaid that although the season is over, she still plans to keep in touch with her teammates and she sees them in the halls and at other school activities. “We feel that our season was cut short but this team is such a close-knit team that I know that we will all still hangout with each other outside of soccer and school because just because the season ended, doesn’t mean we have to stop seeing each other” Jezek said.

Head coach Christopher Thompson said he was satisfied with how the season ended. Thompson didn’t expect them to be undefeated for as long as they were, and he is proud of the seniors who helped the team in rough patches. The team had 12 players on varsity who are seniors including Katie Wood, Jamie Reyer, Lizzie Nelson, Nicole Jezek, Adalyn Gully, Helena Hansen, Rizel Serrano, Natalie Matikyan, Darae Kang, Sydney Behrens, Ayla Khorsand and Aava Kimia. “They are a mentally strong and intelligent group.  They keep the team focused all of the time, but keep everyone calm as well.  We need our senior leadership for success,” Thompson said.

Sophomore Danielle Ram is an up-and-coming star for the girls’ soccer program. Ram started in most of the games and played a big role in the team’s success this year. Ram said she knows that in the next two years, she is going to have her role increased, but she is ready for the challenge. “I know that it is tough being a sophomore on varsity but I am ready for the next two years and what it brings, and I know that I am going to keep getting better,” Ram said.