By: Kaylee Russman
As the result of their talent and heart, our very own Lady Rebels dominated their 2017 fall soccer season. At the end of their regular season, with a record of 14-2, they brought home a section championship and clinched the number one seed in WPIAL Class 1A.
Beginning their season with two losses, the girls’ soccer team didn’t let that get them down. They went on to win 16 games in a row, produce 11 shutouts, and advanced to the playoffs. This comeback crew knew what they had in them and really showed the whole school what they were made of. “Girls soccer does not have the history and tradition of some of our other programs,” said Mr. Joyce. “But what is so cool is that by winning 16 games in a row, capturing a section championship, and earning the #1 seed in playoffs, you girls are now the starting point of what will become a perennial great program.”
Great leadership from three captains have paved the way for success this year. Although out with an injury, Victoria Hudson, senior captain, contributed to the team just as much from off the field. “I was really upset I couldn’t play, I’m glad I still got the opportunity to lead my team,” Hudson said. “I was always there to cheer my teammates up when they had a bad game and to get them back out there. It meant a lot just being there.”
Alongside Hudson, captains Mofoluke Obiri and Kaylee Russman left it all out on the field this year. Obiri had 33 of the 72 goals this season and Russman had 11 shutouts. “The defense this year was better than it’s ever been,” Obiri said. “Vanessa Peretin (JR) , Ireland Killen (FR), Jada Reddy (SOPH), and Sarah Farnan (JR) were our main defenders this season and stopped a lot of opportunities. When our offense was having an off game, we knew we could trust on them to give 110% on the other side of the field.”
Overall, every player on this team has had a role in the success of this season. It wasn’t just primarily the defense or the offense, because you can’t win a game with just one. Working together is something that came easy to the girls’ this season. The bond off the field contributed to the chemistry on the field. “Good leadership from every player contributed to our success this season,” said Brooke Mangis, head coach. “There really was chemistry, all of the girls worked so well together.”
Unfortunately, losing in the semifinals, the Lady Rebels did not advance any further. This season was a success and will be the start of even more success in years to come. They came out and left everything on the field this year, and we couldn’t be more proud of our girls!