The Patriots were matched up against Northwest for the first round of the playoffs. Nerves were high for the game and the stands were filled. Early on in the game, junior Zara Chavoshi was able to sneak her way in the box and score the first goal for the Patriots in this big game. Northwest was putting lots of pressure on the Patriot defense after getting possession of the ball. The defense was able to stop each attack and clear the ball from inside the box to midfield.
Nearing the end of the second half the Patriots were inside the box again. Senior Alexa Folk put herself in a good position to receive the pass and score past the outstretched hands of the goalie, making the score 2-0.
The Patriots had momentum coming out of the half and it stuck with them for the rest of the game. Adding on to the score, sophomore Sydney Behrens scored the third and final goal for the Patriots, giving them the 3-0 lead. “The team is super excited we were able to win this game but we have to get ready for our next matchup,” Chavoshi said.
The next game was against QO, who they originally lost to 4-1 during the regular season. The game started off slow with neither team scoring. Both teams had good chances on offense but neither team was able to convert. The score was 0-0 heading into halftime. The second half followed with the same style as the first. Neither team was able to score in the second as well, sending the game into overtime.
The first team to score in overtime would be the winner and advance to the next round. Both teams’ defense were stellar and didn’t let anything get by them. Neither team scored in overtime so the game would be decided by PK’s.
Freshman goalie Karen Potts was able to save the first PK. The Patriots missed their first PK as well. QO was able to convert on their next two shots with the Patriots still not scoring. Midfielder and junior Leah Starr made her shot, but when QO put in their third, the game ended before Chavoshi could shoot, ending the season with a 3-1 loss. “It was a devastating loss but I’m proud of how well we were able to play as a team and improve from what we did during the regular season,” Chavoshi said.
Team is losing seven seniors, Sarah Levine, Alexa Folk, Miranda Wright, Casey Schuler, Sabrina Shah, Macy Fewell, and Rebecca Yuan. The team next year will be led by juniors Zara Chavoshi, Leah Starr, Sarah Woodward, Anya Bijlani and Paige Abid.