Women’s Soccer Kicks Into Gear

Evelyn Alper

The girl’s soccer team has high hopes for the season in spite of having a very young team. After losing five seniors, women’s soccer gained eight freshmen, at least four of whom will be starting. Mali Tehaney ‘14, the new goalie, will have big shoes to fill as she takes the place of Shelby Church ‘10.

“Mali is a hard worker and I think she will help our team a lot,” said co-captain Mackenzie Martin ‘11. The team made it to the semifinals of NCS last year, and will work towards winning it all this year.

“We have a group of young, talented players with a lot of potential. We hope to win league this year to continue our five year streak,” said Martin.

Akeem Rashidi will be head coach while the team’s regular coach, Mohamed Mohamed, is gone for one month. Once he returns, Mohamed will be assistant coach.

“Systematically, we’re the same; style wise, I’m more laid back than Mo,” said Rashidi. Rashidi emphasizes “possession soccer,” which focuses on keeping the ball away from the other team through a series of passes.

Alex Seclow ‘11 and Sophie Fuller ‘13 are also captains this year. The team scrimmaged Alameda Nov. 18 losing 1-2, and Northgate on Dec. 2, with a final score of 2-5.

In the team’s first league game Dec. 8, they lost to Acalanes 1-2. On Dec. 10, they battled Dougherty Valley with a final score of 1-1.