Girls soccer at Walkersville has always been strong but this season, the Lady Lions have made a name for themselves. There is never an “offseason” when it comes to soccer. As soon as the last season ends, soccer is starting once again. This starts with lifting and futsal during the winter to keep up with strength and footskills. Then comes summer league during the summer break. Leading up to tryouts in the beginning of August and a long month and a half of preseason games and practices to prepare for the regular season. Each game is an opportunity to get better and ready for playoffs. All the running, suffering, injuries are to toughen us for the games that matter most.
We finished our season with a 7-3-2 record. We faced a lot of rained out games and rescheduled events but we got past these things ended with a winning season. The momentum really picked up after our last regular season game against TJ. We won that game in double over time and that really boosted our spirits going into playoffs.
Our first game was at home against Seneca Valley. We finished that game 5-0. This led us to our next game against Poolesville. Nerves were high in this game because Poolesville knocked us out last year in the second round of playoffs. This year we beat them 4-1. After Poolesville we played our rival Middletown for the Sectional finals. We lost to them 1-0 in regular season but we were
Junior Erin Gant says, “I think that our team chemistry lets us do so well because we play for each other”. Our team chemistry has only gotten stronger and this has been a big part of our success.
Senior Leah Wells says, “I think it’s really awesome how we’re giving the community something to believe in. The support from the school and everyone has been so amazing and I know we all really appreciate it”. With us going far, we have seen an increase of support in the soccer program from the community. I hope that this continues for seasons to come.
Senior Baylor Baxley says, “ am proud of the way they play and you can see how bad they want it anytime they step out on the field”. Coming from an outside perspective, it is nice to hear that people understand our dedication and can see us working hard for what we want.
As a senior, I can personally say that I am proud of what my team has accomplished this year. We have set the bar high for the upcoming girls. Regardless of our outcome in our state-semi game on Saturday, I hope that me and my team have left our mark on the girls soccer program here at Walkersville.