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Girls soccer team experiences a growth season

To facilitate a supportive environment, players on the girls soccer team value communication and teamwork. The team aims to finish strong after a rough start to the season.
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By growing and learning from positive team dynamics, as well as their coaches’ passion, the girls soccer team has developed key skills to find success.
In contrast to the primarily upperclassmen roster of the boys team, the girls soccer team has a roster that spreads over all four grades. With this comes the opportunity for improvement among the players.
“The team has definitely grown a lot throughout the season,” head coach Ian Smith said. “We’re trending in the right direction.”
According to Smith, the girls play with passion and work hard to play “collectively as a unit.”
“They’re out there, fighting for each other,” Smith said.
This passion from the girls comes from their devotion to the sport and their team.
“We have a lot of talented players who love playing soccer and being a part of a team,” junior Julia Decaro said.
The variety of grades on the varsity roster allows for a unique team dynamic for the players to explore.
“The team dynamic is very diverse but I think that’s what makes it so fun,” Decaro said.
It also allows for new friendships to be made on and off the field between the different grades.
“It’s part of our team identity and allows us to make new relationships with underclassmen and vice versa,” Decaro said.
Along with Smith, Decaro agrees that the team has improved immensely throughout the season.
“From a record standpoint we’ve had some struggles this season but I’m really proud of the growth we have made from the beginning of the season,” Decaro said.
According to Smith, they aim to shift the leadership to the players and allow them to have more responsibility.
“It is their team and we want to make sure our leaders are stepping up and having the influence they want to have,” Smith said.
Smith plans to transfer more responsibility to the players while still being an active and encouraging voice during games and practices.
“I want them to have a good experience and so I do my best to try and motivate them from the sidelines,” Smith said. “But, again, that is something that this year I think I’ve actually tried to ask them to do a little bit more [of as well].”
Although there are differences between the seasons they have had, both the boys and girls soccer teams have shown improvement and continue to grow.
For Decaro, a stand out part of the season is the seniors on the team.
“It’s been fun following them for the better part of their high school career,” Decaro said.

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