Girls' Soccer - Varsity
Ethel Walker School
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Win 3-0
On Senior Day, Taft hosted Founders League foe Ethel Walker. Taft would use balanced offense and smothering defense to frustrate their visitors and earn a 3-0 victory. For the second game in a row, Taft would attack early and be rewarded. Five minutes into the game, Taft held possession for over a minute. From inside to outside, between layers of the Taft offense, one wing to another, Taft moved the ball all over the field. Building up the right side in the final push of the possession, Paton Roberts '21 would earn a throw-in and find a streaking Kayla Thomas '20. Thomas would play the ball across the face of goal and Patience Kum '21 would beat two defenders and tip the ball back across the face of goal out of the hand of the goalie going in the opposite direction. Although Taft would put together 20 shots over the course of the game, Kum's goal would be the only tally of the first half. The second half saw much of the same flow of play from the Big Red yet twice as many goals. Thomas would add a goal of her own when she hammered home a header off of a Eveliina Kuitunen '20 corner kick. Just five minutes later, two Taft Lower Mids would combine to seal the game in honor of their seniors. Amanda Graziano '21 would find Kum inside the box. Kum would beat her defender to go in on the goalie only to be tackled from behind and earn a penalty kick. Taft would only cede 2 shots on net minder Katie Piechnik '18. It was a fitting performance for Taft's Senior defensive group of Piechnik, Kristin Manfreda '18, Taylor Jacobs '18, Mary Alice Ewing '18, and Juliana Yamin '18 were dominant on the day and continued to give numerous possessions to the offense without threatening the Taft goal. Jamie Howie '18 was dangerous up top and Leigh Sharpless '18 was solid in the center of the field. More than what they did on the field, the day was about honoring a group of girls that have given their sweat and hearts to a program that when they started only earned five wins. For their next three years, the group changed the culture, expectations, and performance to earn 34 wins (and still counting). Enough thanks can not be given for this group and any success in the future will be always partially due to this group. Taft next takes to the field on Wednesday when they host Kingswood Oxford at 2:30.