Girl’s Soccer Team Gains Momentum

Michael Roe

After a somewhat sluggish start to their season, the women’s soccer team is hoping to gain momentum as they enter the second half of their season. The team had to adjust to a new head coach, Akeem Rashadi, while the team’s previous coach, Mohamed Mohamed, is currently out on leave with plans to return later in the season as assistant coach.

After suffering a 0-2 loss to rival Campolindo on Dec. 17, a 0-0 tie against Dublin on Jan. 7, and a 1-1 tie against Alhambra on Jan. 12, the women’s soccer team aims to improve their 2-2-3 record. Currently, the team is fourth in their league division.

After the Alhambra game, the team officially started their second half of the season, where they play each league team once more.

“We play each team twice, so after the Alhambra game we have a chance to redeem ourselves,” said co-captain Mackenzie Martin ‘11.

Unfortunately, the team lost their first game of the second part of the season 3-4 to Acalanes Jan. 14, with Martin scoring the team’s first two goals of the game.

This year’s team has an unusual dynamic, with eight freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors, and only one senior, Martin, on the varsity team. But the team is still talented.

“As one of the team’s captains, I’ve seen some of the younger players step up to the challenge of playing on the varsity team at such a young age. I’ve bonded a lot with the younger players this year,” said Martin.

Some of the young talent includes Megan Reid ‘14, Coco Pearce ‘13 and Jane Fessenden ‘14.

Miramonte beat Doherty Valley 2-1 Jan. 26, with star freshman Megan Reid scoring after arriving at half time after her basketball game. Reid plays on both the women’s varsity soccer and basketball teams, having to arrive late to soccer games due to basketball.

Miramonte tied Las Lomas last Friday with a score of 1-1.