Squad opens league play with a win


Forward Samantha Morris ’21 dribbles the ball up the field in a 4-2 win over Marymount High School. Credit: Justin Goldstein /Chronicle

Lucas Lee

The girls’ soccer team defeated Marymount High School 4-2 at home today in their league opener. 

During winter break, the team played four games winning three and tying one in the NEPS showcase. They defeated Plano West High School Jan. 2 6-0, Lake Travis High School Jan. 3 3-1, and Keller High School Jan. 4 4-0. They tied Grapevine High School Jan. 3 1-1. 

The Wolverines got off to a quick start with forward Daniela Quintero ’22 scoring within the first 10 minutes of the game. Then forward Sophia Haynes ’22 increased the lead with a strike into the bottom right corner during the 21st minute. However, Marymount responded with a goal, and then another score off of a corner. The Wolverines failed to score on three consecutive corner kick opportunities, yet once again Haynes scored during the 62nd minute giving the Wolverines the lead 3-2. After that Marymount failed to rally, and the Wolverines sealed the victory in the 76th minute as Samantha Morris ’21 delivered a strike to put the Wolverines up 4-2. This led to the Wolverines winning their home league opener and 1-0 in league. 

The starts their mental preparation in the locker room, players said.

“We meditate and it helps us relax and get into the right headspace,” defender Madi Kim ’22 said.

After meditation, the team uses the aux chord to play songs for team spirit midfielder Ariana Azarbal ’22 said.

“The team dances in the locker room to pump us up and get rid of nervous energy and strengthens team chemistry,” Azarbal said.

Haynes said that it took the team a while to get into their stride.

“At first we were a little unfocused after we were up 2-0 which allowed us to concede a couple goals but then we got in the right mindset to obtain the victory,” Haynes said.

The Wolverines next game is against Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy at Ted Slavin on Jan. 15.