Girls Soccer Goes The Distance
The Sidwell Girls’ Varsity soccer team had its best season in years this fall, boasting three girls who will continue competing at the collegiate level and nearly securing a major championship.
The team finished second this year in the DCSAA tournament, falling to St. John's College High School, a proven powerhouse. The score was 3-2, with Sidwell only losing by one rather heartbreaking goal in overtime.
“This year is the highest we've finished since we were co-champs my freshmen year,” said senior Nicole Willing.
The team has been completely rebuilt over the last several years after losing nine seniors three years ago.
“The last two years were building years after losing so many seniors. This year we had a super strong and talented
Senior Abby Meyers attributes much of her success to Coach Ryan, being harsh at times, but only doing it to make sure the team was as good as it could be.
“I feel like Coach Ryan has been a big part of getting me ready to play at the next level,” she said.
Although the championship game ended in a narrow loss, the team could not have been happier with their overall effort and attitude.
“I think we played our best this game as a team. We hustled and played as hard as we could until the very last minute. Everyone just worked really really hard,” senior Annie Boasberg said.
Meyers also said, “I’m so proud of my whole team because every single person gave 100 percent effort and put everything they really had into that game and that's all you can really ask for.”
The team's overall record was 11-6, and they beat rivals NCS in overtime this season, which seemed to be the game that brought the team together, and set them on the tough road to getting to the DCSAA finals.
“That was sort of the first game where everyone showed a desire to win and I think from then on we had a really good team atmosphere,” said Annie Boasberg.
Another big game this year was against Georgetown Day School in the DCSAA semi-finals where Sidwell won 1-0.
“I think realizing that we had a shot at the DCSAA tournament after we beat GDS was really amazing,” McClean said.
The people at the helm of this hard working team are their coaches: Coach Ryan and Coach Nat. The team was in agreement that they are lucky to have such a knowledgeable and skilled coach and the addition of Coach Nat was a great one.
“[Coach Nat] got along great with the team. She was younger and played soccer in college so she was almost like another player, just with more authority,” Willing said.
Along with being a winning team, the girls were close-knit as well with four pairs of sisters on the team. Most of the seniors believe that those close relationships were a critical part of why the team was so close this year.
“We’re a team where seniority doesn't really exists in terms of friendships on the team. Also the fact that everyone has a really positive attitude makes things more enjoyable,” Boasberg said.
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