The girls Middle School soccer team went 5-1 this season with the help of their nine eighth-grade leaders. Out of this group, eighth-grade stopper Hana Roggendorf stood out. Roggendorf has been on the team since sixth grade. “She’s shown this capability since sixth grade,¨ Head Coach Judy Bailey said while discussing Roggendorf’s skill and leadership abilities. Coming off of a 9-1 record from the previous season, the team was excited to try and find success again. “Hana has been a leader since day one,” Coach Bailey said. Coach Bailey also said that Roggendorf’s leadership allowed the team to get organized. Roggendorf led stretches and helped set up practice drills. Her teammates noticed that Roggendorf’s leadership abilities matched her playing style on the field. “When the ball heads to the defense she always makes the stop,” eighth-grader defender Quin Kearney said.
Roggendorf also showed great skill with her ability to make corner kicks. She scored two goals from corner kicks this season, quite a remarkable accomplishment. She accomplished this feat against Renbrook and against Har Bur. These kicks were some of her favorite parts of the season.”Everyone on the team knew it was gonna be a great season,” Roggendorf said after the victory against Har Bur. Throughout the season, she led the team with pride, both in games and in practice.
“She makes everyone’s job easier,” eighth-grade right-defender Tess Chapman said. Chapman also described Roggendorf as dynamic and enthusiastic. Roggendorf does have some concerns for the team’s future seasons as many eighth graders are leaving. “Next season may be a rebuilding season,” she said. She said she has hope for the incoming sixth-graders and knows they can be great if they put in the effort.
As KO’s Middle School girls soccer team wraps up the season, players will miss Roggendorf’s leadership and her skills on the field. Coaches and returning players will look for that same ability in the rising eighth-graders next year.