Girl’s Soccer team’s late-game breakdown leads to loss

Erin Frost
staff writer

It’s a Thursday night, as the warm foggy mist and humidity covered the field when the varsity girls’ soccer team took on the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barrons under the lights at home. The misty air must have been problematic, as the girls came up just short, losing the game to the Barrons.

The girls were down early with intentions to come back. Sophomore Leah Starr scored, along with junior forward Macy Fewell, tying the game of 2-2, but two more goals by the Barrons sealed the loss. “Obviously the game didn’t go as planned. We just need to keep fighting and keep our heads high,” senior captain Meghan Murphy said.

Their record doesn’t show it, but the girls are working hard to qualify for states. The girls go hard every day in practice on every single rep. A large part of the girls’ worth ethic is from their new head coach, Adrian Unger. The girls are already familiar with Unger because he was the JV coach for the past decade. “We are lucky to have had the same coach throughout most of our high school career that wants us to succeed and knows us and how we play so well,” senior Hayley Parsons said.

On Oct. 15, the Patriots faced off away against the Churchill Bulldogs. At halftime, the game was tied 1-1 with a goal from senior Carson Blum. The game seemed to be at a stalemate. Both teams struggled to penetrate the others’ defense. Until the second half, when Patriots fell apart, giving up six goals in the second half while not scoring at all against the Bulldogs. “It was a really bad game. In the first half, we were in the game. But after halftime, the team lost focus and Churchill capitalized,” Blum said.

On Oct. 16, the team had a very impressive 5-0 win away against the Blake high school Bengals.

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