KO Girls Varsity Soccer Team Continues to Battle on the Pitch

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The girls varsity soccer team is hopeful that after recent wins and a reinforced team effort their 4-8 record will continue to improve.

On Sept. 29 the team played against Cheshire Academy and had a very impressive 3-0 victory. Senior defender Co- captain Nicole Genga said they did a very good job of connecting as a full team during this game. “We played really well,” she said “Some games we will all come together and work really well together and it looks great.”

In their next game on Oct. 6 they played against Suffield Academy and lost 0-1. Genga said this was a completely winnable game but they were playing too scared and timid.

The team then played Kent School at home on Oct. 10 and had a great game, winning 1-0. Genga again said that like the Cheshire Academy game a big reason they won this game was because they were all working together and it looked like everyone was really trying.

Sophomore forward Catherine Daniels scored the goal to win this game. “Catherine had an exceptional goal when a midfielder passed the ball to her and she literally dribbled it into the net,” senior defender Co- captain Camilla Berckemeyer said.

On Hewett Day the team played Pomfret School and had a disappointing loss of 0-3. The team did not spend too much time dwelling on this loss as they had to prepare for their game against Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

Their game against Wilbraham & Monson Academy was on Oct. 15 and it was actually a makeup game that was originally scheduled for Sept. 12. Their game was rescheduled due to weather conditions and unfortunately it ended up raining again on the makeup date. However, the team played through the disappointing weather on the turf because there was no lightning or thunder.

Head Coach Tracy Deeter said that even with all that was going on, the team played their best game of the season pulling out a 1-0 win. “We played on the turf due to our field conditions but the team really came out with a different level of intensity that we haven’t seen in previous matches,” she said.

Coach Deeter said that throughout the game the team was doing a great job of making consecutive and meaningful passes. She said players had great movement off of the ball and they just seemed to have an awareness of everyone on the field.

Junior midfielder Jamie Scarpantonio had an impressive day scoring the only goal of the game between both of the teams. “With about two minutes to go before halftime Jamie Scarpantonio struck the ball beautifully in the only place where the keeper couldn’t get it,” Coach Deeter said.

Coach Deeter said that she thought that one of the reasons the team had such a great game was because they were so frustrated by their performance on Hewett day against Pomfret School. She said the team made a commitment to working hard for each other for the entire 80 minutes during this game.

The team still has many competitive games to play so Coach Deeter hopes that they will continue to play with as much passion and energy as they did on Oct. 15. “I think we really just want to keep the momentum going from [the Wilbraham & Monson] game, and I think that gave the girls some confidence that they can compete with anyone if they believe in it,” she said.

Coach Deeter said that she noticed two of their best games were against Cheshire Academy and Wilbraham & Monson Academy both of which came off of tough losses and were played on turf.

The team then traveled to Choate Rosemary Hall on Oct. 17 and came away with a tough loss of 0-2. They bounced back playing a really good game against Westminster School 1-0 on Oct. 20 with a goal from sophomore forward Isabel Berckemeyer.