Girls Soccer Team Developing Each Game


Photos taken by Dawn Parkinson

The girls soccer season is in full swing. Six games into the season, the team is focusing on development and is getting better every game. The team is currently seated ninth in the Shoreline Conference. With two wins, three losses, and a tie in their most recent game against Haddam-Killingworth, the team sits well with a more than half of their games still to be played.

The team opened the season with a 2-4 loss to East Hampton but did not let the unfortunate start to the season phase them. Even after a loss in their second game, the team’s spirits remained high, which led them to back-to-back wins against Westbrook and Amistad with final scores of 7-1 and 7-2 respectively. Being the beginning of the season, the team was still in the process of getting its sea legs so to speak. Not to mention, these first four games were all on the road.

After this extended stretch of away games, the girls were able to play some games at Coginchaug’s home field. After two close and well fought games, a 0-1 loss to Cromwell and a 3-3 tie to Haddam-Killingworth, the team holds a record of 2-3-1.

This season has been an important one in terms of development. The team is finding new strengths in players. The team has a talented and substantial group of underclassmen who bring depth to the team. The potential brought forth by this year’s roster has not only increased the competitiveness of the squad but has also boosted confidence for many players.

Senior Ali Durand is confident in the team’s ability and has high hopes for the end of the season. “As a team, I think our main goal is to make it into the state tournament because we have a chance of doing very well in that,” said Durand. The CIAC tournament would be a step forward for the program after failing to qualify last season.

After a five-day break between games, the girls will take on Portland on Thursday, Sept. 27. Being another home game for the team, they will look to dazzle their fans. The team will have to fight just as hard as they did against Cromwell and Haddam-Killingworth if they want Portland to go home with their first loss of the season.