Girls Varsity Soccer ends the season on a high note with a win over The Taft School on Wednesday, Nov. 7 bringing the Wyvern’s record to 7-7. On Thursday, Nov. 1 the team traveled to The Hotchkiss School for a hard fought and very cold weathered game. The girls made many good plays throughout the game but were not able to pull out a win.
Senior Captain center defender Camilla Berckemeyer said that the team’s goals towards the end of the season were to improve their skills and foster a better team environment than there has been in previous years. “I really think we kept the team spirit high and it just made the whole year better with a win on senior day” Berckemeyer said. Berckemeyer the last game went very well as they stayed positive and never gave up. “We beat Taft 2-1, which was an unexpected win for our team. A team that we have never beat in my four years on the team,” she said.
Senior Captain defender Nicole Genga said the last game was bittersweet for her and the other seniors. “The seniors have never beaten Taft for our duration of being on the team. Freshman year we were undefeated and our only loss was against Taft, junior year we were winning 3-0 then lost 6-3. Then this year we finally won.”
For a good part of the game the score rested at 1-1 until with junior Defensive Midfielder Jamie Scarpantonio scored a penalty kick with 1:30 left in the game bringing the score to 2-1.
Senior Captain goalkeeper Charlotte Cyr said the last game was incredible. “Taft came in there thinking that since we had a very recent loss, that they could beat us very easily,” she said.“But we really fought hard for every ball, we man-marked their most dangerous player in the midfield and didn’t allow her to get many shots off, and we really played together as a team in the first half and most of the second half.”
Berckemeyer said that although the team had troubles early on in the season, they found a way to get in a rhythm. She was very happy when her teammates, freshman left back Gianna Christina and Scarpantonio, scored in the Taft game securing the Wyvern’s end of the season win.
Cyr said that some of their hopes for the end of the season were just to play as hard as they could for the full 80 minutes of the game. “We also wanted to try to win every 50/50 ball, to work together and not get frustrated with each other and just to have fun.”
Genga also said that they hoped to bring the season to a close on a very positive note and win a few of their last games which they did accomplish. When Genga reflected on this past season she recalled one of her favorite practices when Head Coach Tracy Deeter and Assistant Coach Kathryn McCarthy played in the goal.
Berckemeyer said that if she’s going to miss one thing the most about the season she is going to miss the fun and energetic bus rides the team shared together. Senior Claudia Petrie agreed with Berckemeyer. She said the bus rides were always fun and gave the team another chance to bond.
“I am going to miss the two coaches, Deeter and Mrs. McCarthy and all of my teammates I have played with the past one to four years,” Cyr said.