Lady Mats Climb to First

Caroline Cook

“Since we have a lot of young players, we are doing really well working as a team,” said captain McKenna DeBack ‘10. “We are building and improving, and working hard in practices.”

This season, the four returning seniors are the team’s secret weapons. With Shelby Church ‘10 in goal, Katherine Cuyler ‘10 commanding the defense, Marissa Crosetti ‘10 leading the midfield, and DeBack up top at forward, the Lady Mats are the team to beat this year.

“We (the four remaining seniors) play possession style and are all comfortable playing this way because we’ve played together for years,” said Crosetti. “We are all trying to return back to the way we played at Lamorinda (Soccer Club).”

Even though the Lady Mats lost to Campolindo on Dec. 16, by a score of 1-2, the Cougars remain their main rival. “Although Campolindo is our toughest competition this year, the season is all up in the air and many teams who beat us earlier are losing now,” said DeBack.
Another unique aspect of the team is the number of siblings and underclassmen.

“We have twins and some players who don’t play club soccer, in addition to many freshmen on the team,” added DeBack. “We are a brand new team starting out fresh and when we (the seniors) graduate, it will be a very young team.”

The Lady Mats tied with Las Lomas (0-0) on Wed. Jan. 13. and tied with Alhambra (0-0) on Fri. Jan. 15.

Once again, the three Lamorinda high school girls’ soccer teams are at the top of the league standings. In DFAL, Miramonte sits in first with a record of 5-2-2. They are closely followed by Campolindo, who holds a record of 5-3-1, and Acalanes, who is 4-2-2.

On Monday, Feb. 1, when the Lady Mats rematched Campolindo, DeBack scored two goals and Coco Pearce ‘13 scored one goal in the second half. The Mats came out victorious, with a final score of 3-1.