Our girls’ Varsity Soccer team has always been in the top portion of our league, but after being eliminated in the quarterfinals the previous year, nobody predicted that we would win New England’s the next year. This was an incredible journey, and here is the story of our season.
From our very first games, our team enjoyed many successes. Our forwards each had numerous goals and assists, as they wove through our opposing defenses, unwinding shot after shot. In the midfield, we outsmarted our competitors through our possession and movement. Additionally, our defensive unit brought our team’s physicality and composure to another level, continuously stopping the opponent’s attack, keeping the ball in our possession, and giving our offensive players chances to score goals. We were all anchored by our two gritty keepers who constantly delivered a strong presence. Teammates off the field were continuously cheering for those on the field, as Coaches O’Brien and Murphy developed our team’s tactical game as well as our possession and game maintenance. Our team was a fine-tuned machine, with every piece an important and functioning part in creating our success.
Finally, after a regular season score of 14-1-2, our team advanced to the quarter finals. We deflated BBN, just like every other team we played this past season, with our positive spirit, cohesive unit, and never-ending pressure on our opponents.
In the semifinals against Choate, a tense first half of 0-0 left everyone on the edges of their seats. When we came out in the second half, scoring an early goal to win the game 1-0, there was no doubt who would win the game. We defeated Choate too, with our ball movement and constant shots on net.
The New England Championship, a hard-fought battle against Worcester Academy, was definitely the highlight of our season. Everyone was in their best shape, laser-focused on completing the journey we began in the early days of September. Worcester went up 1-0 in the first half, only igniting the flame that we used to burn down their momentum. We tied up the game within minutes, leaving the first half a 1-1 tie. Worcester could not handle our constant shots on net, leading to two back-to-back Pelican goals and allowing the Loomis Chaffee Girls Varsity Soccer to win the 2016 NEPSAC Championship Game by a score of 3-1.
Winning the NEPSAC Championship my freshman year? Definitely unexpected.
The victory of 2016 was a memorable moment for everyone involved in LC Athletics, but especially for our Girls Varsity Soccer Team. This outstanding group played with grace and model sportsmanship behavior, never yielding to any opponent faced this season. I’m extremely lucky to have gotten to know everyone in this amazing group of girls, and can’t wait to embark on the adventures of next fall! The NEPSAC Championship was a special moment, and LCGVS of 2016 was a special group who deserved that moment.