Outdoor track’s season concludes

To conclude their regular season on May 12, AHS track and field headed to Millbrook High School in Winchester to compete in the Last Chance Invitational.

This meet was to be the last before the team headed into postseason with hopefully more confidence.

In this invitational, however, the Atoms took only their distance team who competed in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter events.

Overall, the meet was a success for many as many final PRs were achieved before the district finals were set to begin.

Highlights of the meet at Millbrook include both a first and second place finish by sophomore Julia Ghiselli in the 1600 and 3200 meter races respectively and a fourth place finish by Mohamed Bile in the boys 3200 meter race with a time of 9:57.03.

Following the conclusion of the successful meet at Millbrook, the team had only four days to focus and prepare for postseason.

At the district meet, which took place on Tues. May 14 and Thurs. May 16, the team also performed well, with some athletes advancing to the Regional meet.

Overall, the Atoms placed fourth in the district on both the boys and girls side, above Mount Vernon.

Highlights from the district meet include a new school record set by the girls 4×800 meter relay event. They claimed victory in the five team district with a time of 10:01.34.

Those who won their individual events include: Julia Ghiselli in the 1600 and 3200 meter races and Andy Zepada in the shot put.

Then, after two more weeks of preparation, both physically and mentally, the team shifted focus toward the regional championship.

The regional meet took place on May 22-23 at the Robinson High School track and consisted of 18 total teams, including AHS.

Along with the Atoms, competitors from every other school in the Gunston district competed in the meet.

Events in which the Atoms had athletes advance to the Occoquan Region Championship include: 100m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 100m hurdles, girls 4×100 meter relay, girls 4×800 relay, high jump, shot put, discus, boys 4×100 relay, and the boys 4×400 relay.

Events that took place during the first day of the meet include: field events, hurdles, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and the 3200 meter run.

After the first day of events, the girls were in 7th place with 14.5 points and the boys in 15th with 2 total points from combined event scorings.

Unfortunately, results from the second day of the two day meet were unavailable by the publication date of this article, as the meet had not yet been completed.

For those who advanced (which, by the publication date of this article, are still undetermined) the VHSL outdoor state meet is set to take place on May 31 in Newport News.




Wall of Fame seniors named

As an Athlete, you understand that competition and being the best is always your top priority. And when you have been playing a sport for four years you don’t want all that time to be for nothing.
The ultimate way to prove it is to be on the Wall of Honor for your class. The Wall of Honor is the main that senior is able to be recognized for all of their athletic achievement through their time here at Annandale. being nominated much less being chosen is no easy task as everyone nominated this year has been in more than one sport.
Being considered for the Wall of Honor means that you have to spend a considerable amount of time and dedication for whatever team you have been a part of and consistently kept that kind of attitude thought all four of your years here at Annandale.
Something that is special about the Wall of Honor is that is doesn’t require you to be very good at one sport but to be very good in at least two to three because as per usual with any competition people will do as much as they can to better position themselves to be chosen.




Teams win distrct tournaments

While playing in a sports team competition with other schools is natural and all players understand that it is part of the team experience. Playing against other schools can give teams very important information on how to improve as a team.
A teams main goal when playing other team is to win as much as possible. The most direct way to achieve this is the district tournaments.
These District tournaments are much more organized which allows teams to play more games much more efficiently.with this game after game mentality teams are forced to adapt to their opponents much more quickly.
Along with this rapid adaptation causes a team to grow much faster than if the entire season was taken up by on-off games that happen once or twice a week.
Other than the quicker pace of the game the District Tournament gives teams a much clearer goal than to just win more games.
The idea of winning the District tournament can make a teams drive to win more intense. you can see all of these effects take place as a good amount of our teams like Girls Tennis and Boys Lacrosse have already their district tournaments.
Another benefit of the increased frequency of the games is that it forces the teams to adapt quickly to their opponents and as a result grow better as a team.
Along with forcing teams to adapt quickly to their opponents there is another important benefit to the district tournaments and is that it gives the team a more defined goal.
The goal of winning a tournament can increase a teams drive to win more than the goal to win more games this season. We can already see these in effect with some of our teams winning their district tournaments such as boys lacrosse and girls tennis.




Athletes don’t rest over summer

Due to the fact school ends soon that also means that all of the school sponsored sports such as lacrosse, track or soccer will also be coming to an end as well.
This does not mean that all Annandale sports will be closed.
There will be an Annandale summer camp for 3rd to 9th graders. That is not to say that some students will find their own way to continue playing sports over the summer.
Summer can be one of the best times to play sports even if there are no teams to play on.
For starters, some people might just forgo the entire process of trying to play sports over the summer and just not do anything over the summer.
While for some this may sound like something they would never do, there are many reasons to why this sounds like the only thing to do.
Over summer break many students might take up summer jobs, go on vacation, go to summer school or do all of them.
To any average student this type of schedule would just not have any time for sports and reluctantly have to drop playing altogether.
For Makonnen Mekonnen going to the gym takes a bigger precedent than playing a sport.
“I feel like going to the gym would be a better use of my time than playing a sport,” Makonnen said
What others might do is join a summer camp. Although Annandale is offering a summer camp over the summer, this excludes a lot of people in Annandale.
While that is the case, there are plenty of other sports summer camps around this area that are open during the summer.
While some people might too busy this summer to play a sport other might have too much time this summer and could take up a summer camp just to keep themselves busy.
Other than that summer camps can offer much more than just not playing a sport because sports camps are much bigger organizations, they can afford to go on trips which could be a good way to spend your summer.
If you have enough time to play sports and you don’t want to be a part of a summer camp, just playing sports with your friends could be just as a good option as any.
Playing sports with friends can much less competitive than summer camps and you’re still playing a sport, so it really is not a waste of time.
Other than those listed, there are more reasons playing with friends can have many more positive effects than playing alone.
Playing with friends means that you can play on your own schedule giving you more flexibility than if you had a summer camp.
Playing sports with your own friends means that you don’t have any responsibilities keeping you away from playing altogether.
If sports don’t sound like something you want to do over the summer, but you still want to be active, there are still many options around this area to help you achieve that goal.
For example, planer fitness has a deal that offers free workouts for kids 15-18 for the entire summer. this is extremely helpful on many levels.
For one since it is free, it is available to many more people which could make it the best option for many people this summer.




Athletes celebrate success

As the school year comes to an end many things end with it, and one of those things are spring sports.
The spring sports season can be considered by some to have the best sports, with the exception of other seasonal favorites like football and indoor track.
One thing that is special about the ending of spring sports is that there is no season to replace it anytime soon, so most athletes who participated in sports are enjoying a very long offseason.
It’s not to say that Annandale did not have a successful spring season.
Many teams racked up a fair amount of wins this season. girls soccer had a very solid season with 6 wins and boys soccer collected 7 wins this season.
But throughout this season, there have been challenges that teams had to face, like opposing teams that have consistently beaten them.
A good example is TC Williams, who have been able to beat our teams for nearly every sport on a semi-regular basis.
But it is not all bad news though many teams this season have shown that they have learned from their losses and manage to pull some wins and come back at the end of the season.
One relatively popular team this season was boys lacrosse.
They had a fairly good season with 5 wins beating Mount Vernon or Falls Church.
Besides the stats of how many wins teams got an equally important part of joining a team is the experience of playing on one
For sophomore Henry Villarroel his team experience was a positive one which is something a team should do.
“It was pretty fun this year especially since we won more games than last year and every practice we had a blast except for when our coach would tell us to “get down in a push-up position” or “get on the line” those were the times when I hated to practice,”Villarroel said.
Along with a good team experience, every athlete has their own personal favorite moment of the season, for some, it could be a last minute point to win the game or it could just be hanging out with your fellow teammates.
“My favorite moment was when two kids were messing around and our coach made them take a lap holding hands,” said Villarroel
A vital part of being a part of a team is playing in games.
Every player wants to be the player that secured the win for their team.
For Villarroel, it was when he scored a last-minute shot in a game. “My best moment was probably during our game against Justice High School,” Villaroel said.“It was predicted that we would lose because they had a 7-1 record before facing us.”
Even though the team had the odds stacked against them, the Atoms squeezed out a victory due to Villaroels efforts. He broke down the game-winning play describing his heroics.
“During the fourth quarter of the game the score was 5-5 with 45 seconds left to score we first started to pass the ball around but eventually the ball got to me with 5 seconds left,” Villaroel said, “I did a quick dodge to get into shooting position and then shot not knowing if it would go in or not but luckily it went in with no time left and we ended up winning 6-5.”
An important aspect of the end of a season is seeing how your team can improve for the next season.
Some players will continue to practice so that they can continue to keep their skill sharp so they will not lose skill over the wait for next season.
For Villarroel, he will practice over the summer to hopefully make it into varsity.
“We are all going to try to practice during the summer to get better and try out for varsity but this season where we will all be together,” Villarroel said.
It is clear to see that this spring season was very eventful for many players, with many wins and losses.
With the school year ending it will be a great time to reflect on the past and improve for the future.




Soccer loses in round 2 of regionals

The varsity soccer boys won their first regional game on Monday 5/20 against Lake Braddock. The score was 4-0 and throughout the game, the whole team did exceptional playing well and the game of soccer as how it should be.   

The first quarter was played very quickly, with two goals scored in less than 10 minutes, the boys were off to a great start.

“The game was great. We started off strong and they (Lake Braddock) didn’t expect a goal in the first minute and I played pretty well. I scored 2 goals in the first five minutes of the game, but after that, I was pretty tired so I need to work on my stamina.” junior center attacking mid-Andy Hernandez said.

“The next game we will be playing is TC Williams and this will be tough, but we will play our best,” Hernandez said.

Unfortunately, the boys lost in the next round in a tight game against TC, 2-0, to end their season.

It was a tough game. The Atoms couldn’t start an offensive run. The defense did as much as it could but without an offensive push, the defense was only able to do so much.

But even with the loss, the team felt pride in their season, especially in their coach.

Coaching a group of teenagers can be tough and also challenging but varsity coach Tejas Patel does it well by understanding how the players play and working on their skills to better them as players.

“Looking back, I think that there are a number of things that I could have done differently when coaching our players,” Patel said.

“I hope that the players have taken away some of the positive aspects of coaching that I stress performing well in your studies and at school along with respecting your teachers, coaches, and fellow players. They are a talented group of players and I was just a guide to help them realize their true talents.”

The boys did very well with the fundamentals of soccer. Their chemistry is also very high because of the built friendship on the team, an occurring problem for most high school teams, the team was able to get along on an off the team.

It was also because of the extra time they practice on days they don’t even have a practice that they were able to improve. This extra practice lets the team understand what they have to practice on before a big game.

Some students might just go home right after school, but these boys played their hearts out for the sport that they love.

 




Students commit to college athletics

As the spring season arrives, student-athletes begin to make their decisions on where they are going to commit for college. Seniors such as Alex Bellem, Kenzie Gardner and Devin Gill will be off to play their designated sport next year.

Starting quarterback, Gill, capped off his high school football career in early November. He has played football for four years and is ready to take the sport at the next level. He has decided to play football at Fork Union Military Academy near Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I chose Fork Union because it was the best option for me in terms of a junior college or prep school,” Gill said. I am going for a semester to develop as an athlete and to get ready for high level college football.”
Gill will be attending a prep school to train his body for the next level.

Other professional football players have also gone to small schools to prepare for the next level, such as Lions running back LeGarrette Blount, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Gill explained how he thinks he will do well once he gets adjusted to the faster pace of the game.
“I know I will continue to prove people wrong, you’ve got to bet on yourself, always,” Gill said.

Senior captain Bellem for the varsity lacrosse team is also continuing his lacrosse career through college. He has played lacrosse here for four years but has also been playing ever since he was a child. Bellem has decided to sign at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, which is D2.

“I decided on PBA because of the coaching staff and the location of the school,” Bellem said. “I also really like the Christian based education.”
Bellem believes that he can be really good at PBA, but is a little nervous to play with such experienced athletes.

“My freshman year will be more of a learning experience as I will probably be getting a little bit of playing time,” Bellem said. “I hope to score a goal my freshman year to prove that I am a good enough player.”

Gardner is the only senior on the girls varsity lacrosse team this year. She has played here for the last four years and will be attending Eastern Mennonite University to play lacrosse next year
. “I decided to sign at EMU because this is their first ever women’s Lacrosse Program,” Gardner said. “I get the opportunity to start for all four years and not having to wait until my junior or senior year to play.”

Gardner also explains how she is slightly nervous to play at EMU.

“Athletes have much more experience at the college level,” Gardner said. “The majority of our new program will be incoming freshman, so we’re going to have a lot of learning to do.”
She believes she will be better than ever as she takes her next step.

“Fighting off from a concussion, I think I will be playing at my highest level. I get to play every position on the field and first and foremost to relax and have fun,” Gardner said. “It will be experience throughout my academic and athletic career.”




Baseball looks for more wins

After proving to have a successful season last year and winning by a whopping 22-3 in the regional quarterfinal, AHS baseball headed to prepare for a new season.

So far, injuries have caused a rough start to the season as the team lost all of their first six games against Herndon, Langley, Justice, Washington-Lee, Thomas Jefferson, and a game in the Atomic Icebreaker tournament.

However, since these tough losses, AHS has started to gain back some confidence and momentum.

They won both of their next two games against Robert E. Lee High School and Park View High School 11-10 and 8-1.

Their record thus far is 2-7.

“So far this year, we have proven to be able to improve and progress by continuing to improve our game and limit the amount of mistake we make on the field,” senior Alex Brennan said.

Then, before their spring break tournament in North Carolina, which will take place on April 15-17, the team will take on each of the other four teams in the Gunston District.

The only game that had been played by the publication date of this article from these four matchups was against West Potomac.

Unfortunately, the team lost to the Wolverines 0-4.

AHS held up against the Wolverines fairly well until the fourth and fifth innings where two runs in each inning were conceded.

However, the results of the games against T.C. Williams, Mount Vernon, and Hayfeld were unavailable by the publication date of this article.

After the spring break tournament, the team will play a series of five games against West Potomac, T.C. Williams, Woodson, Mount Vernon, and Hayfield before heading into postseason.

“Our toughest opponent this season will be West Potomac, but if we do what we need to I think we will stand a good chance,” Brennan.

The games against Mount Vernon, Hayfield, T.C. Williams, and West Potomac will serve as good indicators of how well the Atoms are likely to perform in the district tournament which starts on May 10.

“The team’s overall goal this season is to finish top in the district and hopefully make a good run at regionals,” Brennan said.




Track successful at first invitational

After both advancing to the VHSL State Indoor Track and Field Championships and placing 34th as a team and getting a sprinter to qualify for Nationals, AHS track heads into a new outdoor season.

Their first invitational meet took place at Woodson High School and was the Carolyn Legard Relays.

The meet specialized in relay events such as the 4×200, 4×400, 4×800, and 4×1600 relays.

However, some events are exceptions to this such as the freshmen/sophomore 1600 meter race.

Overall, despite being only the first varsity meet of the season, AHS proved to be successful.

On the girls side, AHS placed 24th out of 32 teams with a total of 5 points scored.

Top ten finishes for AHS girls include a first place finish by Julia Ghiselli in the 1600 meter run, a 4th place finish by the girls distance medley relay (DMR), and a 7th place finish by Kayla Campbell in the High Jump.

On the boys side, the team placed 21st out of 31 total competing teams with 10 points scored.

Top ten finishes for the boys include a 3rd place finish by the 800 meter sprint medley relay with a time of 2:02.21.

In comparison to the performance of other teams in AHS’ district, the team did well even though there is still room for improvement.

On the boys side, AHS beat West Potomac and on the girls side, AHS beat Hayfield.

At this point, the results of the first invitational could indicate improvement since last season where the teams placed third and fourth in the district for the boys and girls respectively.

“Overall, the relays performed very will and exceeded expectations in their first invitational, coach Phil Harris said.”

The team’s next varsity invitational meet was the 2019 PR Northern Virginia Invitational at James Robinson High School.

The meet occurred just a week after the Carolyn Legard Relays and took place at James Robinson High School on April 5-6.

The results of this meet are unavailable by the time this article was published as it had not yet taken place.

The meet features a competition between 30 overall teams from all around Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Additionally, the meet served as a benchmark for how much improvement AHS has made in comparison to other teams in their district. This is because every other team in the district competed in the meet.

“So far, the team has been working very hard in practice in terms of endurance and speed workouts which was reflected in their performance,” Harris said.

In addition to the plentiful amount of invtationals that the team has and will be competing in, there are weekday, in-district meets that the team competes in as well.

These meets can help determine the improvements that AHS needs to make leading up to the district finals on May 16.

“Up until postseason, we plan keep doing hard workouts, except we will make them more difficult with less rest,” Harris said.

Although the season is still early, with postseason set to take place in more than a month, the Atoms will undoubtedly have a lot to be excited for in this action packed season.




Lax prepares for spring tournament

The rising excitement for the spring season of boys lacrosse has not been a disappointment thus far, as many fans of AHS lacrosse team has seen a nearly perfect performance in the preseason along with some good wins in the early regular season.

In comparison to last year, where the team lost their first six games, AHS is already off to a better start.

“Currently, we have more than 20 seniors on the team. We benefit from their experience, their maturity, and strong work ethic,” coach Michael Mathis said.

For example, they had strong performances so far in games against Washington-Lee and Mount Vernon, where they pulled off a victory in both games.

With this positive early performance, the sport has caught the eye of many more fans who wish to see the team succeed.

However, AHS has faced both struggle and setback in a variety of ways during the early season.

This was met during their last few games against West Potomac, T.C Williams, and Hayfield, where they lost each game 6-16, 4-12, and 6-11 respectively.

There could have been many reasons as to why the lacrosse team have experienced an early-season slump, but for many of the lacrosse fans it has not been enough to stop showing their support.

However, this is not entirely bad news on the lacrosse team, as after their string of defeats, the team managed to pull a victory against Mount Vernon on March 25 by a score of 19-12.

A very important job as a coach is to see where your team went wrong and see how those weak points impacted the team’s performance during a game.

“We face each day and game once at a time and do nothing unique. [This season], we have the motto “Perfect Simple,” which signifies our hard work to stay focused on the fundamentals,” Mathis said.

But as with any team, the coach also has to find ways to overcome mistakes and improve before the beginning of postseason.

But for some of the optimistic fans of the lacrosse team, their victory against Mt. Vernon is more than enough to say that the team is able to show resilience and come back to win the next game after a tough string of losses.

In order to do so, Mathis has his team review past games in order to identify past mistakes and correct them for future games.

There were specific games in which performance was not as strong which can serve as a learning experience for the team’s upcoming games, such as when they are set to face Falls Church in their first game in the Spring Tournament on April 13.

In the beginning of any sports season, every team understands that some teams will be much harder to beat than others, and for lacrosse those teams

are predicted to be T.C. Williams and West Potomac. So far the two teams have both had the most success in the district.

Even after that early season slump many lacrosse fans are confident that the team will come back from this and become a team that can hopefully succeed in the postseason.

“[Each practice], we encourage the team to have a growth mindset and pick one thing to improve upon each and every day,” Mathis said.




Spring break event calendar

April 13:

– Mason Broadway Showcase @ 8 p.m. ($5) @ GMU Fairfax

– Comedy Festival w/ Tony Woods @ 7:30 to 9 p.m. ($30) in Wash. DC

– Chelsea Handler’s Comedy Tour @ 8 p.m. ($65-$85) in Wash. DC

– Faquier Springs Country Club Community Market @ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (FREE) in Warrenton

– Annual Festival of the Arts @ 5 p.m. (FREE) in Arlington

– National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade @ 10 a.m. (FREE) in Wash. DC

April 14:

– Washington Auto Show @ 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($12-$42) at Convention Center

– South Asian Exhibition @ 6 to 10 p.m. (FREE) at the Waterford

– Sip and Sew Pop Up: Pencil Skirts @ 1 to 3 p.m. in Wash. DC

– Cupcakes and Candles @ 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ($50) in Arlington

– Active for Autism 5k @ 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. ($35) at George Wash. MS

– Baseball Game; Pirates vs. Nats @ 1:35 p.m. ($11-$415) at National Park

April 15:

– Annual Peep Show @ 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (FREE) at Westminster, MD

– Tour of Udvar Hazy Museum @ 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (FREE) at Air and Space Museum

– Boys Lacrosse Tournament @ 8 a.m. ($10) at Falls Church

– Bad Suns Concert @ 9:30 p.m. ($43) in Wash. DC

– Distance Over Time Tour @ 8 p.m. ($62+) at Warner Theatre

– NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert @ 8 p.m. (FREE) at the JFK Center

April 16:

– Annual Peep Show @ 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (FREE) at Westminster, MD

– Boys Lacrosse Tournament @ 8 a.m. ($10) at Falls Church

– Baseball Game: Giants vs. Nats @7:05 ($9-$151) at Nationals Park

– UMCP VSA Lunar Lanterns @ 7 to 10 p.m. at College Park, MD

– Sugar Mountain: Celebrating Neil Young @ 7:30 p.m. at Jammin Java

– Cohesity Unstoppable Tour @10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (FREE) in Herndon

April 17:

– Cars and Ice Cream Meet @7 to 9 p.m. (FREE) in Gaithersburg, MD

– Yoga in Luce @ 6 to 7 p.m. ($10) at the Smithsonian Art Museum

– Midweek Movies: Fences @ 6 to 8:30 p.m. (FREE) at Fairfax County Public Library

– DMV Springfest @ 8 p.m. ($54+) at the Fillmore Silver Spring, MD

– Georgetown University Farmers Market @ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (FREE) @Georgetown University

– Annual Peep Show @ 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (FREE) at Westminster, MD

April 18:

– Kenny Chesney: Song for the Saints Tour @ 7 p.m. ($125-$499) at The Anthem in DC

– Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad @ 7:30 p.m. ($74-$387) at the Hamilton, DC

– Carrie the Musical @ 8 p.m. ($10) at the Katzen Arts Center

– Shen Yun Performing Arts @ 7:30 p.m. ($137+) at JFK Center

– Coding Skills @ 5:30 to 6 p.m. (FREE) in McLean

– Queens of Egypt @ 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($12) at National Geographic Headquarters, DC

April 19:

– Murder Mystery Dinner @ 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. ($60-$75) at Maggiano’s Little Italy, DC

– Interstate BBQ Festival @ 5 p.m. ($5-$45) at Wash. County Agricultural Education Center

– Flower Power Art @ 6:30 to 11 p.m. ($10) in Wash. DC

– Cherry Blossom Harbour Cruise @ 1 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. ($17.50) in Wash. DC

– ICNA MAS Annual Convention @ 4 p.m. ($55 for 3 days)

– General Shaw’s Chicken Comedy Showcase @ 7:30 p.m. ($15) at Shaw’s Tavern, DC

April 20:

– Into the Woods @ 2:00 p.m. ($71+) at Ford’s Theatre

– Cherry Blossom Harbour Cruise @ 1 and 4:30 p.m. ($17.50) in Wash. DC

– Tailgating Spring Horse Races @ 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($20) in Middleburg, VA

– Feed the Homeless @ 12 to 1 p.m. (FREE) at Franklin Square, DC

– Rob Schneider @ 7:30 p.m. ($68+) at Birchmere Music Hall, Alexandria

– Yoga with APO @ 6 p.m. (@25) Dupont Underground, DC

April 21:

– Easter 5k & 10k @ 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ($30 & $45) in Fredericksburg

– Dabke Class @ 6 to 9 p.m. (FREE) at Bey Restaurant and Lounge

– Washington DC International Music Festival @ 8 p.m. ($66+) at JFK Center for the Performing Arts

– Easter Brunch with Lincoln @ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($55) at Lincoln Restaurant, DC

-Easter Sunday Brunch & Egg Hunt @ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($98) in Middleton, VA

– Easter on Parade @ 1 to 5 p.m. (FREE) in Richmond




Girls soccer improves from last year

It’s been a month since the girls varsity soccer season began, and players are already seeing improvement from last year.

“I feel like our season is definitely going better than last year, and we feel like more of an improved team,” sophomore Jayden Joya said. “I’m excited for what is to come. We have been working really hard and I would like to make it further into regionals than last year.”

So far the girls have a record of 2-4. They’ve faced Edison, Wakefield, Lee, Springfield, Justice and West Potomac. Out of all six games they’ve had two solid wins and four losses. Most of which where of 1-goal differences.

On games that haven’t gone so well our biggest issues include not stepping to the ball while defending as well as not sticking with our marks,” sophomore Madison Cruz said.

The players expressed what they can work on.

“I think we need to work on having a positive attitude,” Joya said, “I feel like the team can work on our mindset game days. I also believe that we could really use work on being able to bond as a team both on and off field.”

The girls have definitely improved from last year’s first six games, in which the girls had five losses and tied one game.

“I think last year we bonded ever as a team, however, we’re only one month into the season, so I have no doubt that as time goes by we’ll be able to bond even more,” said Joya.

The girls will continues to give it their all at practices and games. Their next game will be home against Hayfield High School on Monday April 8, at 7:15 p.m.