With eyes on the soccer ball, sophomore defender Shannon Li prepares to kick. Photo by Anita Liu
The varsity girls soccer team ended their last home game of the season with a 8–1 win against the Washington Eagles on Feb. 23 at Lowell. They are first in division 1 of the Academic Athletic Association with a 12–0 record, allowing them to compete in playoffs against Lincoln Mustangs on March 1.
The Cardinals dominated in the first half of the game, scoring four goals to the Eagles’s one. To keep the Eagles from scoring, the Cardinals often kicked the soccer ball off the field as a last resort, which allowed the entire team to re-position in the field and find another chance to score.
During halftime, the team honored Seniors Night by showering senior players — goalkeeper, midfielder, and co-captain Kirkpatrick, midfielder and co-captain Kikki Tucker, midfielder Natalie Morales, midfielder Jackie Romero, forward Emma Rick-Raker and defender Ellie James — with colorful posters, bags of gifts and group hugs.
In the second half of the game Lowell continued to crush Wash, scoring consistently. Meanwhile, the Eagles were unable to score a single goal. With 14 minutes left in the game, Morales put the ball in the net with the help of teammates. The Cardinals ended the game with a 8–1 win.
The team’s goal for the season was to have everyone on the team score once, according to Kirkpatrick. The team was really close to achieving their aim, with only two people left to score. Kirkpatrick also mentioned that the team hopes to focus more on improving their passing techniques and for more team bonding activities.
The Cardinals finished their regular season play with a goal differential of 60–1 en route to a perfect undefeated and untied record.
Head coach Gene Vrana explained that the team will be preparing for playoffs by maintaining their current condition and staying focused. He also said that the team wants to avoid its tendency to commit offside mistakes, which are considered fouls.
The Cardinals finished their regular season play with a goal differential of 60–1 en route to a perfect and undefeated record. They will compete at playoffs against the Lincoln Mustangs at 3:30 p.m. on March 1 at Beach Chalet.