Girls' Soccer - JV
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It was a hot Saturday afternoon when both teams took the pitch. The Rhinos and the bears were in for a fierce face-off. Taft’s young team was down on numbers, but was fired up with the opportunity to compete. They came out hungry, powering shots on net one after the other, testing Berkshire’s goalie. Dynamic and deft lefty lowermid Janse Shoonmaker and the tireless Stirling Thompson were behind many a shot on goal. Berkshire scored first, thus ending the first half at a deficit. The girls vowed to come out in the second half with gusto. The defense set the tone early on, bearing down on the opponents. Defensively, a stalwart Leigh Root, and the athletic Kate Vermylan dominated. The team welcomed back, from injury, a seasoned defender, Piper Desorcie, who was a force to be reckoned with, refusing to give up. Blake Gray and Cierra Ouelette provided the speed and agility to highlight a strong back line. Root even saw some chances up in the wing position to throw off Berkshire’s back line. The keys to our game were to play smart, play to feet, and to focus. The girls did just that by only letting in one goal, and producing some clinically dynamic soccer; they threaded the needle like pros, and penetrated Berkshire’s backline relentlessly. Our middies were inspiring; Hollen Spain, Julia Low, and Angie Han played with uncompromising vigor. Annabelle Wyman was an energizing force, answering toughness with toughness against Berkshire’s experienced defense. Great sportsmanship was shown on both sides, but was especially notable when Stirling Thompson helped the Berkshire goalie up after a competitive tackle, having left them both floored; most inspiring was goalkeeper Lily Cook’s encouraging cadence towards her teammates on almost every play, and surely, after every goal. Samantha Ouelette had her Wheaties that morning with a hat trick on the day. Her first goal came from an excellently weighted pass down the wing from Schoonmaker; Sam collected the ball, displayed some handy footwork, and deposited a shot into the side netting. Her two other goals that followed later on the in second half were uncannily skilled; both shots came from some fine footwork and ripped decisively into the net. The Taft Rhinos are currently 2-1 and will be taking on Loomis this Saturday, September 30 at home.