It’s so close. Tangible. Palpable. The girl’s soccer districts are just around the corner, and Monday night’s 4-0 win against Holland was another boost to the teams growing excitement and self-esteem. Fueled by the desire to remain undefeated and maintain their now 15-0 perfect record, the team remained strong throughout the entire game, allowing Holland only two attempts on goal.
Senior Tori Keller sealed off the game in the mid second half with her third consecutive goal, completing a hat trick for her last home game.
“Tori’s hat trick was the highlight of the game,” sophomore Clare Carlson said. “She’s a senior and it’s a good way to leave the team.”
Using aggressive offensive technique, FHC managed to restrict the ball control to mostly Holland’s half. This lead to many attempts on Holland’s goal, some narrowly missing and rebounding off a crossbar, others just a few inches wide. The main opportunity Holland had to score was the result of a handball call on FHC during the first half. A shot was made on goal but was intercepted and saved by senior goalie Kathryn Chamberlain. Freshman Mariah Otolski started off the game fresh, however, with a goal with 6:51 remaining the first half, assisted by Keller.
The team atmosphere is stronger than ever this year; according to head coach Jeremy Stacy. An important aspect in a team sport such as soccer, he hopes this is yet another boost that will help them battle their way through districts.
“Top to bottom there really isn’t as many groups or cliques or whatever,” Stacy said. “It’s a good mix, a fun mix.”
Stacy and the team are looking forward to districts this coming Tuesday, but even with their past victories, they still expect some challenging games.
“Everybody in our district is very, very good,” Stacy said. “So we’ll be toughing it out”
Carlson, on the other hand, is entirely optimistic about the upcoming game and envisions a successful end to their season.
“I anticipate going fairly far [in districts],” Carlson said. “Possibly winning states. I’m really excited.”
With two more away games left to go, the group of young athletes feels strong and ready for whatever is to come. They are ready to prove themselves fully on the field and gain some recognition for their victories.
“Hopefully we are district champs,” sophomore Marti Corby said. “We just have to take it step by step, but we have the capability and the potential to go all the way.”