Girls Soccer Opens with a Win

Bhavya Bhushan ‘16
EE Senior Sports Editor

Less than five minutes were left in the game when a Staples defender knocked sophomore Julie Keckler to the ground. The referee called the foul and the Wreckers defense formed a wall, ready to block the free kick which could win girls soccer the game.

As captain Jill Presser stepped up to take the kick, she knew she had the power to bring the score up from 3-2. The game had been tied at 2-2 for the entire second half and the girls wanted to take down one of the top teams in the FCIAC. The day before at practice, the girls had practiced this play. Presser said, “I remember that it was now or never. This was my chance to rise to the occasion.”

Presser ran up to the ball and chipped it over the wall and into the top corner of the goal. Staples goalie Anna Sivinski dove the wrong way, nowhere close to saving the ball. Realizing that they had taken the lead, the girls hugged each other and jumped on each other as the Black Hole which filled the stands went crazy.

The game, which took place on Saturday September 12th, did not start off the way they had hoped. Within the first two minutes of the game, Staples’ Charlotte Rossi scored giving Staples the lead from the start.

At first, the girls were shocked and panicked. They were unable to connect on passes and the Wreckers kept getting the ball over their heads, leading to several shots which sophomore goalkeeper Aisling Maguire had to save. Maguire said, “I was a bit nervous as it was my first varsity game. They scored within the first few minutes but my team was really encouraging and eventually we came back which made the experience fun.”

As the first half progressed, the girls recovered and began connecting on passes. Captain Kyriaki Marinos tied the game after taking the ball through the defense. Junior Amelia Crosley then took the lead for the girls when she intercepted a pass between Staples defenders, cut the keeper and put the ball in the net. Crosley said, “I was preparing myself for the game since that morning so I went into that game wanting a goal, and when I scored it was one of the best feelings ever.”

Junior and captain Jill Presser chips the ball over the wall and into the net to beat Staples 3-2. Photos courtesy of Meghan Mahar

Junior and captain Jill Presser chips the ball over the wall and into the net to beat Staples 3-2. Photos courtesy of Meghan Mahar

Right before the first half ended, Staples brought the game to a tie again when Brynly Marsh scored. Tied at 2-2, both teams put everything they could into the second half. The game was aggressive and  many fouls were called, including two yellow cards. Despite the number of fouls, the girls were connecting on more passes and getting more chances on goal.

The aggressive half all led up to Presser’s goal, which proved that girls soccer are a force to be reckoned with this season. Presser said, “I felt like I was on top of the world. Especially because we lost to them last year.”

During the game, Maguire had four saves and the girls had a total of 10 shots. Staples goalkeeper Sivinski had five saves and the Wreckers took 18 shots.

Captain Francesca Esposito said, “Everyone was crying and Uhrl was dancing on the bus ride home. It was the perfect way to start off the season.”

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