The Varsity Girls Soccer team at Washington and Lee High School is winding down their regular 2017 season. Their record stands at 3 wins, 4 losses, and 3 ties with two games remaining. The Lady Eagles can pull off the winning season easily if they play their game on their terms.
Last Wednesday, May 3, W&L traveled to Northumberland. An old rivalry and always a good game, the Indians were ready for the challenge. The Lady Eagles confidence was extremely high after defeating Essex 8-0 and possibly hampered expectations early in the game. Striker Sophia Luzier scored in the fifteenth minute establishing the early lead but before half, Northumberland managed to tie the game. Head Coach Cole Vanover described the first period as flat but was happy with the results of the half time break, “We were a much different team in the second half.” W&L dominated possession, challenged every ball, and increased their speed stalling the Indian offense. Miquella Snider scored early in the period but several other shots hit the post stagnating the score. Unfortunately, the Indians scored on a corner kick with 2 minutes left in the game and tied the game. Final 2-2.
On the road again in the opposite direction on Monday, May 8, the W&L squad hit the pitch in Fredericksburg to take on James Monroe. Again plagued by level play, the Eagles racked another tie to their season record. Miquella Snider found the back of the net in tenth minute by following up a rebounded hard shot by Sophie Luzier. JM responded with a great shot in the upper 90 to tie the score.
Another bus ride on Wednesday, May 10th took the Lady Eagles to Middlesex where all the miles caught up to the team. Unable to gather the defense against the determined team W&L was behind 3-0 by the middle of the second half. Center mid-fielder and captain, Dani Lopez scored off a free kick to prevent the shutout and breathe life into the squad, but a bit too late in the game. Final score 3-1.
Coach Vanover reflects on the past games, “It’s truly frustrating because we can play great soccer, but we have to do more than we are doing.” The Lady Eagles will have the chance. This Monday they will travel to Essex in what should be a confidence rebuilder. Wednesday, May 17th, the team will honor their seniors in their last regular season home game and hopefully a win against Northumberland. Come out and support our Eagles and as Coach Vanover says, “I trust that they can play great!”