The Lady Jags girls soccer team have brought a great optimistic attitude to the new year. The team spirit and raw talent shown on this team is just one of the factors that allows the Lady Jags to be motivated, hard working, and winning.
Coach Richard Denny shows great pride in this team, keeping his priorities straight and clear, and his team members focused. “I think we’re a good team because of our veteran leadership coupled with our infusion of young talent. Our plan for the program this year is a District Championship and nothing less,” Coach Richard Denny said. The team works cohesively, training every day and creating lifetime bonds and friendships.
Many of these girls use this team as an essential outlet from the stress of online school. Teammates were scared that due to Covid-19, they would not have a season this year. On account of the girls remaining responsible and accountable, there have been no cases of Covid-19 and their season continues to advance. “It’s great to know that after a stressful day of online school I get to spend a couple hours doing what I love, with my friends,” senior Kayla Haweny said. Due to Covid-19, the regulations are strict, and the girls have to wear face masks at all times when they are not on the field.
“Although things are different due to the new regulations, the soccer season provides a sense of normality during these tough times,” junior Anastasia Del Valle said.
As the girls keep winning with a record of 5-1, the team grows more and more excited to advance. With this record, the team is first in their district and ranks at number 48 in the state. Team captain Athena Chitty has a lot of pride in their team. “This team is my chance to be able to play soccer without all the worry and stress. I’ve always wanted to have my name immortalized in the gym, so I’m really looking forward to districts this year. I think our team has a shot at winning and I can’t wait to get the chance to go against Douglas again and show them we aren’t the same team as last year,” junior Athena Chitty said.
The lady jags are not slowing down any time soon, and look forward to the tougher competition ahead.