Girls varsity soccer kicks off season on the right foot

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In their first full season since the fall of 2019, Kingswood Oxford girls varsity soccer began on a positive and dominant note. The team is coming off of a nailbiter 2-1 victory over Ethel Walker on Monday, Sep. 27, adding to an impressive record of 3-1-1.

Head Coach Krista Sahrbeck is entering her first “normal” season as the head coach, focusing on proper preparation and stressing the importance of a strong team dynamic. 

“We typically start with a thorough warm-up, dynamic stretching, and an on-ball activity,” Coach Sahrbeck said. “After that, we will do some skill drills, tactical drills, or small-sided games. Then, we will scrimmage or play a fun finishing game.” Coach Sahrbeck says that she is proud of the team’s ability to come together as a whole. Senior Co-captain and center back Caroline Dawson also mentioned how the maturity of the team has helped stimulate their chemistry as one team. 

In their past few games, the team has found much success. “Besides our loss to Porter’s, we have been able to move the ball and take quality shots and are defensively strong,” Coach Sahrbeck said. She attributes much of the team’s success to her senior co-captains: Dawson, center back Gianna Christiana, and center back Megan Murphy. “They have really promoted the mentality of working hard and having fun,” Coach Sahrbeck said. “I am just overall pleased with all the girls on the team this year. They know what it means to be competitive and deal with adversity.”

In their first two games, the Wyverns had two shutouts and beat their opponents by a large and deciding deficit. “We were able to capitalize on our opportunities and match each team’s level of aggression and skill,” Dawson said. Some key players for the team have been sophomore center midfielder Ella Sokale, who is their leading scorer, and Christiana who plays lights-out defense. “We all trust each other that we will do our jobs, and if we don’t, we trust that we will all have each other’s backs to clean up any mistakes,” Dawson said.

Looking to the future, the team has set multiple goals for the remainder of the season. At the very least, they hope for a winning season, but still, the team is looking for success in the postseason. “My deep hope is that we make the playoffs,” Coach Sahrbeck said, “but in the end, as long as we’re learning, having fun, working hard, and growing as individuals, then my goals will be achieved.”

This Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2:00 p.m., the Wyverns will travel to Suffield Academy. The team is looking forward to the rest of the season and can’t wait to continue to dominate.