The girls varsity soccer team is looking to make a late-season push for the playoffs. With a record of 3-5-2, the team must come together to finish the season strong and obtain a coveted playoff spot.
The Wyverns started the season hot, coming out with some strong wins against Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Williston Northampton School, and Canterbury School, outsourcing these opponents 13-1. The team found themselves with a record of 3-1 before facing a rough patch in the season. After a 3-2 battle under the lights on a cold, wet night against Cheshire Academy, the team took a trip to Loomis Chaffee on Oct. 4. Last season, the Wyverns upset Loomis Chaffee and were hoping that history would repeat itself. But, the perpetually strong Loomis Chaffee squad was well-prepared, and the Wyverns were outmatched, falling 6-0. Since then, the team has been looking to gain back the momentum they had early in this season.
Head Coach Sal Penta mentioned the team’s loss against Choate Rosemary Hall as one of the best games the team has played this season. Despite the loss, the effort the team brought that day was impressive as they held Choate to two goals, something that very few teams have been able to achieve against Choate this season.
Coach Penta believes that the team is still getting better and better as the season progresses, noting their best strengths as teamwork, belief in one another, and coachability. He believes these factors will push the team forward for the rest of the season
Coach Penta highlighted the strong performances of senior Co-captain Georgia Louis and senior Co-captain Aashni Patel leading the charge, scoring goals, and embodying what it means to be Wyvern soccer players. Coach Penta was also quick to mention the performance of junior goalkeeper Addisen Nicholson. “As the season has progressed, Addisen has started to become a lot more confident in her ability as a goalkeeper,” he said. Louis also mentioned the efforts of one of the youngest players on the team, seventh-grade striker Caroline Sams. “She’s our leading goal-scorer this year,” she said. “She’s been playing really good up front.”
As we head towards the end of the fall sports season, Louis is still vying for a playoff spot. “We have a few tough games coming up, so we’d like to maybe tie a couple of those or even win,” she said. “Our main goal for the whole year was to make playoffs which we’re still striving for.” Coach Penta agreed. “We want to get .500 – that’s a big goal of ours,” he said. “We’d love to be considered for the playoffs. We’re reaching for the sky, there’s no doubt about that.”
With just a few short weeks remaining in the 2023 fall sports season, the girls varsity soccer team will need to come together as a cohesive unit to put themselves in the best position to secure a playoff berth. We wish the team luck for the rest of the season.