Soccer gets back to tourney

By Zach Pawa
Published: November 2010

Starting the year without losing any of its first nine games and ending with a record of 7-3-8, the Girls’ Soccer team surprised many by advancing to the second round in this year’s tournament.
“The team was doing great; it started the season extremely strong, Head Coach Doug McCarthy said. “It looked like we were going to have a repeat of 2008.
In the first match of the tournament, Senior Hannah Nussbaum scored an early goal to give the Lions the lead.
“Hannah’s goal got the whole team amped up, senior and Captain Martha Schnee said. “It gave us an edge, and took off a little bit of the pressure.
The team held its lead throughout the game, and Jules Costa stepped up and did a good job filling in for goalie and junior Emma Friedman after her injury.
“Jules Costa played out of her mind, Nussbaum said. “She did exactly what she needed to do: shut the other team out.
In the second game of the tournament against Franklin High School, the team looked to keep its momentum going. “We had to keep our attitude positive, Nussbaum said. “We came off a good week of practice and we had to carry this over to the tournament.
The game, however, did not quite go according to the team’s plan. The team let up an early goal, and it went downhill from there. “We just lost all of our energy, Schnee said. “After the first goal we just fell apart.
The team went on to lose 4-0, ending its quest for a championship.
The injury bug struck the Soccer team not only in this game but also throughout the season.
The team’s leading scorer, Celia Kaufer, with 17 goals in 16 games, was out with a concussion. In addition, Friedman was out with a shoulder injury.
“The expectations changed, Athletic Director Scott Perrin said. “It was interesting to see how [the team] performed with some of its core players out.
Replacing Kaufer was a large problem for the team, as her offensive skills fueled the its success.
“A player like Celia is irreplaceable, McCarthy said. “She is fast, has a strong left foot, and her ball skills are phenomenal.
The team relied for the second year in a row on its younger players to fill the voids. “Younger kids on Varsity and [Junior Varsity] have been filling rolls, Nussbaum said. “As injuries have occurred, the younger players have become more ambitious. This was crucial to our tournament success.
One of the players who had to step up was Costa, a sophomore and backup who, due to Friedman’s injury, filled one of the most vital roles on any soccer team.
“I was ready for the tournament, Costa said. “I had to step up and play well under tournament pressure, and with the major help of the defense we had a great first game.
Nussbaum replicated Kaufer’s offensive production, scoring the Lions’ lone goal in the tournament.
“Hannah is a talented player, McCarthy said. “Her goal was a crucial moment in the tournament.
The team focused on limiting goals by the opposition, stressing defense.
“The fewer the goals the better, McCarthy said. “That was our game plan.
In addition to the 2010 squad, the Girls’ Soccer program has experienced medical setbacks over the past two years.
The most concerning injuries soccer players endure to the head. To minimize the chance of injury, however, members are now wearing head bands to cushion impacts.
“Soccer is a dangerous sport, Perrin said. “It is played at an extremely fast pace and the players have little protective gear.
Junior Abby Rice has been out with a concussion and has been informing her fellow teammates of the consequences of concussions.
She is trying to raise awareness in the middle schools, too.
“It is hard to be set back with such a serious concussion, Rice said. “I just have to live with it now, and I feel obligated to raise awareness.
With plenty of young players filling roles in the tournament, the team seems to have a bright future.
“The younger players have made some giant leaps, Nussbaum said. “They can only progress from here.
Although the season came to an abrupt halt, overall the team performed beyond expectations.
“I couldn’t expect anything more from the team, Kaufer said. “We experienced so many injuries it just wasn’t realistic to think we would progress too far.
With all the components already in place, the team performed to the best of its ability, making for a valiant tournament run that unfortunately ended prematurely.

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