Late season victory serves as a sign of team growth for girls soccer


Head coach Marc Costanzo played a key role in rallying his team all season long. Photo courtesy of the yearbook staff.

Ashlyn Leatherwood, Staff Reporter

The girls soccer season has come to a hopeful close.

With a rocky start, the team managed to defeat Sherando and close the season out on a high note. 

“We’ve improved with how the team has come together. We’ve gotten closer and its helped us with playing as a team and as a unit, and the win against Sherando brought us closer and should motivate us to go out and play until the last whistle and finish the season on a high,” said sophomore Lilly Clayton.

A struggle with communication and injuries had set them behind in the first half of the season, but they came back with the motivation to turn the season around. 

“We were not doing well our first couple games and then like now we’re like connecting as a team and like doing what we’re supposed to be doing,” said junior Katie Kotulla.

The girls have worked extremely hard to come together and encourage each other so that they would be able to be successful.

“We know our strengths now so we apply them in every game,” said Clayton.

The team has reflected on the past games and focused on their strengths and weaknesses along with their connection between each other.

“We’ve improved so much. I feel like it’s more of like a team now because we know each other better,” said freshman Casey Serttas.

A big turning point for the girls was the tie against Millbrook. It set the tone for the rest of the season and helped them gain the confidence they needed to win.

“The teams actually gotten a lot better with communication, especially from the goalkeepers and the defensive line,” said Clayton.

“I feel like we were in our own groups towards the beginning but we finally grew together and learned from each other’s mistakes and owned them to be able to be better as teammates,” said senior Madison Lawhorn.

The soccer season was a journey, but the girls learned and grew along the way. Their last game was on Tuesday, May 17. They ended the season with a 7-0 loss to Handley, but are hopeful for the seasons to come.