Kickin’ It to WIPS

The Girls' Soccer Team is off to one of the best starts in team history.

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Kickin’ It to WIPS

Undefeated at present in their section, the Girls' Soccer Team is comfortable with the high expectations that a forming around them.

Undefeated at present in their section, the Girls' Soccer Team is comfortable with the high expectations that a forming around them.

photo by Jeannie Schleppy

Undefeated at present in their section, the Girls' Soccer Team is comfortable with the high expectations that a forming around them.

photo by Jeannie Schleppy

photo by Jeannie Schleppy

Undefeated at present in their section, the Girls' Soccer Team is comfortable with the high expectations that a forming around them.

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It couldn’t have been a better first half of the season for the Girls’ Soccer Team, who are currently undefeated in Section 1-AAAA and expected to go deep in the playoffs. Following last year’s unfortunate season ending, having lost in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs, the girls have been on a tear since the season opener. 

“Out of all of the years that I’ve been doing high school soccer, we’ve been doing the best this year by far,” senior Sophia Spano said. “I think everyone feels confident, and we’re all really good friends, so we all feel comfortable when we’re with each other.”

We have little and big sisters on the team and it’s so cool because we really are like a family this year.”

— Hannah Kirkpatrick, senior

A key contributor to the girls’ success this season is their bond.

“Every year, we go up to Edinboro University for team camp,” said Hannah Kirkpatrick, University of Tampa women’s soccer commit. ” This summer’s team camp was so much fun, and I feel like we’re more of a team than we’ve ever been.”

The tight-knit nature of the squad isn’t limited to varsity, either.

“There’s freshman interacting with the seniors and us seniors talking with the underclassmen,” Kirkpatrick added. “We have little and big sisters on the team and it’s so cool because we really are like a family this year.” s

For Spano, whenever the girls are together off the field, their work on the field improves.  “We also do a lot of car washes,” she said. “We did a scavenger hunt in North Park this year to get closer with each other. Bus rides are always fun with the team because we get each other all excited before and after the games.”

photo by Reese Marsalis

 

Before this week, the team’s section wins were all by a one-goal margin, except one.  But on Monday against North Hills, the girls tallied six goals in a blowout against the Indians.

Heading into Wednesday’s match against rival Pine-Richland, the team’s confidence is peaking.

“I think that we’ll just keep getting better and learn to collaborate more as a team and less as individuals,”said senior Emma Bundy, a Duquesne University women’s soccer commit.

I think that we’ll just keep getting better and learn to collaborate more as a team and less as individuals”

— Emma Bundy, senior

Of course, with the high expectation that have formed around this team team, the second half of the season will test their resolve.  But by ll accounts, they appear prepared.

“We want to continue to improve all around as a team, and winning the WPIAL is our goal,” Spano said. 

Wednesday night’s match against Pine-Richland is away.  Kickoff at 7:30pm.