Girls’ soccer clinches spot in CIF

By Seth Goldman

Having locked up at least a third place finish in league, the girls’ soccer team will close out the regular season against Chaminade tonight. The game is at 5:30 p.m. at Ted Slavin Field.

The team is on the heels of a 1-0 home victory over Louisville last Friday. Although heavy rain made the playing conditions tough, the team was able to play solid defense and get just enough offense to win. The win brought the team’s record to 5-2-2 in Mission League and 12-3-3 overall.

“Our team has a lot of speed and we work really well together,” defender Maddie Lenard ’09 said.

The Wolverines have been dominant at home, going 5-0-1 and outscoring opponents 15-7 in those games.

With a strong start to the season, the girls reached as high as number one in the Daily News local rankings and number 24 in’s national rankings.

However, at that time the team’s leading goal scorer Katie Speidel ’11 got injured and missed 11 games. With Speidel out, the team had trouble scoring goals, according to Head Coach Richard Simms.

But the Wolverines have rebounded to go 4-1-1 in their last six league games.

With the team healthy as the playoffs approach, the players are confident.

Pending the results of the final game of the season, the team will finish either second or third in league and will open CIF playoffs next Thursday.

Because the squad is made up of many underclassmen, Simms said that the players will have to work through their inexperience to succeed in the upcoming playoffs.

“We just to need to be patient and stay composed when we make mistakes,” Simms said.