Girls soccer fighting in districts

Luke Elkins, Sports Editor

Girls varsity soccer finished the regular season with a record of 1-12, and will be facing off against WT Woodson in the first round of districts. After winning their first game, the Atoms dropped their next 12 games in a row.

The Atoms will be squaring off against Woodson on Monday, May 15, and will be looking to catch them by surprise (results of this game were not available by publication date).

“Our season showed a lot of growth for each team and saw players step up as leaders. We were fortunate to have three coaches who helped our teams improve and to allow players to enjoy playing soccer,” varsity coach Dan Thorp said.

He also believes the girls gained valuable info over the season.

“We saw a lot of improvement not only in the player’s skills, but in their dedication to the team.  Allowing the players to be accountable for their work and to understand how they influence their teammates helped our teams grow,” Thorp said.

“We always want to look to improve each week and learn from our experiences on the practice field and in games.”

The players also reflected upon their season.

“Our season wasn’t the best, we faced a couple of challenges, but we adjusted as best as we could. It was my first year playing varsity, so I didn’t know what exactly to expect,” sophomore Neyda Villatoro said.

Girls varsity soccer will be looking for revenge against Woodson in districts, after being defeated 8-0 in the regular season.

“We’re expecting a tough challenge and that is expected in districts. The players have stepped up while preparing for the game by pushing each other and working hard.  We are looking to make a statement for our program by playing tough and doing our best,” Thorp said.

“Our coach has been working with us to improve our skills and we plan to try our best and give it our all,” Villatoro said.

For next year, Coach Thorp believes his team needs to prepare all year round.  

“My expectations for next year are to bring in new players to allow the squad to grow in numbers and allow returning players to pick up where our seniors left off. Working hard in the offseason and analyzing our strengths will help determine our expectations for next year,” said Thorp.

They will face a tough test against Woodson.