Girls Varsity Soccer Suffers First Defeat of the Season

John Blanchard

Danielle Balestra

Last Tuesday, the girls varsity soccer team traveled to Carlmont to take on the Scots. Coming off of their win against San Mateo (5-0)  and tie with Burlingame (1-1), the Bears and the Scots entered the game with the same league record of 3 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie.

 

Early on in the first half, the Scots capitalized on their free kick on the Bear’s goal. Unfortunately, a Carlmont forward made an impressive play, heading the ball just out of reach of the our goalie’s hands. However, the Bears refused to allow this play to diminish their efforts. In the first half alone, the Bears took six shots while the Scots only attempted two other goals. Meanwhile, M-A defense effectively kept the Carlmont offense from scoring for the rest of the half.

 

As the game continued into the second with unconverted shots, frustrations increased. Yet, despite the efforts of the Bears’ defense, the Scots scored again. In total throughout the second half, there were a substantially lower number of shots taken: three for both sides. For the duration of the game, the Bears continued to fight, however, they were unable to come back from the 2-0 deficit.

 

Captain Stillman reflects, “They had really good communication and technique. Both their offensive and defensive lines were very strong. We just have to continue to work hard and be ready for next time.”

 

Specifically, Stillman indicates that “we need to work on being first to the ball and focusing on every part of the game right up until the last minute.”

 

Disregarding the final score, Stillman concludes, “We gave it our all and I am very proud of the team and the effort that every single player displayed.”

 

At home on Thursday, the Bears soundly defeated the Hillsdale Knights 5 goals to 2. Junior Annie Harrier demonstrated strong leadership of the offense with 3 goals and 1 assist. Freshman Katie Guenin and sophomore Talia Missan scored the other two goals. Meanwhile, last Thursday, Carlmont lost to Burlingame 1-0. Despite the upset, Carlmont remains number one in the PAL Bay Division with Woodside and M-A numbers two and three respectively. All three teams uphold the same record of 4 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie.

The girls soccer team has an away game at Woodside on Tuesday, Jan 28. Although still in the first round of league, this game is their opportunity to challenge the number two standing.

 

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