Girls Soccer falls to The King’s Academy 3-1

Matadors recognize fatigue as a factor for their defeat

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Anna Jerolimov

Junior Maggie Du maintains possession of the ball while searching the field for an open teammate to pass to.

Mira Wagner and Anna Jerolimov

The Varsity Girls Soccer team lost to The King’s Academy with a score of 3-1 in its fourth pre-league game on Saturday, Dec. 4, bringing its overall season record to 0-4. 

Sophomore Maya Gallo scored the first goal, after a corner kick by junior Ishita Pesati, within the first 10 minutes of the first half. This brought the score to 1-0, where it remained for the rest of the first half. In the last two quarters, however, TKA was able to score three times, utilizing fast breaks in two of its goals.

Junior Maggie Du states that the Matadors’ success in the first half was due to the team’s organization and energy, which she believes declined in the second half.

“In the first half, we had the right mentality, we had an attacking mindset, we could connect the passes really well,” Du said. “We [were] all organized. We had a lot more energy in the first half, so we could play around [the opponents]. We weren’t giving the ball away or anything. [In] the second half, that just kind of broke down.”

Likewise, Pesati adds that the team’s fatigue in the second half was a major contributor to the team, allowing TKA to score multiple goals, as fatigue from the offensive end prevented them from dropping back to support the defense. Pesati adds that the Matadors should focus on passing in future games.

Although Du is disappointed with the loss, she is optimistic that the team’s performance will improve in future games, especially considering the team’s strength in the first half.

“We didn’t have as many opportunities as I thought we would,” Du said. “We’re looking forward to winning more. We’re looking forward to scoring more, taking more shots and just overall being better.”