Womens Soccer Kicks Off

Brian Friel

As the hours of daylight shorten and trees begin to lose their leaves, it can only be time for one thing: another dominant season for the Lady Mats soccer team.

Despite losing their season opener to Alhambra, the Lady Mats rebounded with a 4-2 win over Dougherty Valley that currently puts their record at 1-1.

The team looks to build off of the success of last season, when they achieved a phenomenal record of 9-0-1 enroute to capturing league and NCS titles. This year, however, the team features many new faces.

“We’re only returning five starters from last year, so a lot of underclassman and possibly some freshman are going to step up and help fill in at some starting roles this season,” said midfielder Marissa Crosetti ‘10.

Crosetti, along with forward Mekenna DeBack ’10 and defenders Katherine Cuyler ‘10 and Katharine Pearce ‘10 will lead the young team as they look to make another run at NCS.

“Although we’re not returning many [starters], we’ll still have veterans at every position,” said Crosetti.

These veterans will most likely prove invaluable as the season continues. Cuyler and Crosetti both earned 2nd team All DFAL honors last season, while goalie Shelby Church ‘10 garnered 1st team honors, and DeBack was awarded Co-MVP. Church and DeBack have committed to USC and Cal, respectively.

But what perhaps may be the team’s most valuable asset is their coach, Mohammad Mohammad.
Mohammad, who has led the Lady Mats to numerous successful seasons, emphasizes a possession-oriented offense that his teams have flourished under.

“Last season we really benefited from that style of play,” said Crosetti. “Hopefully it can work well for us this season.”

The Lady Mats will need to benefit from Mohammad’s coaching as they face a competitive schedule. Last season, Campolindo, Acalanes, and Alhambra combined for a record of 35-15-7, and are all looking to dethrone the Lady Mats.

“Like us, everyone in league lost some players, but for the most part, teams will be very good,” said Crosetti. “I would say that the two toughest teams in league may be our rivals, Acalanes and Campo.”

The Lady Mats faced off against Campolindo on Dec. 16th, but results were not available as of press time.