Girls ready to bounce back after close loss

Jack Moskowitz
managing editor

With three games under their belt, the varsity girls’ soccer team sit at 2-1 as they face Churchill on Sep. 18.

The Patriots started off their season with a scrimmage against BCC on Aug.28. The team struggled from the beginning to get into their rhythm and they ended up taking a 4-1 loss with the only goal coming from freshman Zara Okudo.

The team had their first regular season game on Sep. 9 against Clarksburg at home. The Patriots started slow. They were down 2-0 heading into half with little opportunities to score. The team came together at the half and discussed how they could come back from this big deficit in the second half. The team went into the half with a more offensive mindset and it paid off.

Freshman attack Natalie Matikyan started off the half with an early goal, putting the team only down by one. Shortly after senior Miranda Wright was fouled outside the box and was rewarded with a penalty kick. Wright lined the ball up perfectly and hit an almost impossible shot just past the goalie’s hands, making the score tied. In the following possessions, senior Alexa Folk was able to find her way into the box and get an open shot that she was able to put in the back of the net, putting the Patriots up 3-2.

After multiple passes through the midfield the Patriots were able to get into the box setting up Matikyan, who was able to find the back of the net and put the Patriots up 4-2. With the game coming closer to the end the Patriots didn’t let up the intensity. Junior Zara Chavoshi was able to maneuver past the defender and score making it 5-2. “We knew what we had to do as a team and had an incredible comeback leading to a dominant win,” Wright said.

Coming off of an incredible comeback, the Patriots were matched up against Westminster on Sep. 10. The game started off slow with neither team scoring till the end of the first half where Westminster was able to knock in a goal going into half with a 1-0 lead. Shortly after Westminster was on the attack and got the ball right inside the box setting up an easy shot, making the score 2-0.

Coming out in the second half Folk was able to sneak her way into the box just before getting fouled, setting up a penalty kick. Folk was able to score on the kick, making the game up 2-1. With the second half getting near stoppage, Chavoshi was able hit the bottom corner of the goal leaving the goalie no chance to stop the ball making the game 2-2.

Time was over and the game went into OT. Westminster was able to get the ball in the box while a player was down. The Wootton player had been down for a while but the refs didn’t stop the play, giving Westminster the unfair advantage and was able to score, winning the game 3-2.

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