Girls Soccer Comes to a Close

Katie Siegle

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Senior nights are always bittersweet for everyone involved. For the underclassmen, they get to watch their leaders, role models, and friends walk off the home field for the last time. The underclassmen know that when they step on the field next year, it will feel like a whole different team. For the parents, they get to watch their child, that may have been playing the sport since they were very young, compete in their final home game at the high school level, or at all. Lastly, for the seniors: a chapter in their life comes to a close in a spectacularly sad fashion.

New Milford High School Girls Soccer team hosted their Senior Night for the 2016 season on Thursday, October 20. Seniors Riley Peragine, Emily Doran, Lizzie Swanson, Brigit Humphreys, Rozie Figueroa, Raquel Morehouse, and Mia Nahom all started in their final home game for New Milford High School.A goal by senior captain Rozie Figueroa put the Wave up 1-0. The girls were able to successfully hold that scoreline against Bethel’s “in your face” play style for the rest of the game and get another win under their belts.

“Senior night was everything I imagined and more,” said senior captain Lizzie Swanson. “The underclassmen were the real shining stars. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of gals. All of us seniors were very honored and very touched by their kind words and hard work. We played the way we all knew we could and we proved the level we can compete at. It was a great night for everyone and we were all very proud to be a team.”

The team suffered some harsh losses this season as opposed to their last two. In both the 2014 and 2015 fall seasons, the girls soccer program was able to win the South West Conference Championship. However, this season was largely derailed by injuries to players they could ill-afford to lose. Nonetheless, the girls are looking to build off this season, where they, for better or for worse, gave a lot of experience to young players who hope to excel in the upcoming year.

Next year, there are expected to be seven seniors. The girls soccer players in the class of 2018 have been playing together since they were in elementary school and they hope that their chemistry will show on the field. “I hope to make our senior year great,” says junior captain Maggie Mckay, “Hard work in the offseason will be the key to success. I hope my teammates continue to give their all in practice and games and play with heart.”

Unfortunately, as all the fall seasons are coming to a close, so must Girls Soccer. The season culminated in a hard fought loss at home to Notre Dame on Tuesday. The departing class of seniors finish as one of the most accomplished classes, if not the most, to ever pass through the Girl’s Soccer program. Their two SWC championships will hang in gym for years to come, and their contributions will surely be missed.

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