Head coach Ted Pamplona holds a meeting with the team after their first win of the season.
Head coach Ted Pamplona holds a meeting with the team after their first win of the season.

Girls soccer team strives for success after its first win

December 11, 2016

After a four game losing streak, the girls soccer team earned their first win. In order to continue to win they are going to focus on building their skills and getting stronger. “We are going to practice and focus on some issues and strategies we can use in order to play better,” captain Taylor Bott said.

The team believes they’ve had a rough start to the season. “We’re working on the season and it’s been kind of tough,” head coach Ted Pamplona said. “We had four losses but our scores keep getting better and better.”

The team stood optimistic as the scores kept improving. The season started with a loss of 8-0 against Newsome on Nov. 2. As the games went by they continued to allow fewer goals: 5-0, 3-0 and 2-1 against Robinson with their first goal of the season scored by junior Katherine Bowers.

“We were losing 2-0 so putting something on the scoreboard shows how much effort we put into the game,” Bowers said. “It gave us some hope.” Bowers’ score heightened spirits and expectations for the team. “It made everyone realize we can score and we just have to keep trying,” Bowers said.

The girls brought home a win against Leto on Nov. 17 when the girls scored 6-0, more than all of their previous games combined. According to junior Jayla Prayon, the girls held a strong defense and were first to the ball throughout the entire game.

A win isn’t all they hope to accomplish. “I’m more excited for improving my skills as a player and getting to know the team better,” Prayon said. “I like learning new techniques and getting new experiences.”

Girls on the team like to focus on bettering themselves and their relationships with the other team members. “We practice every day on skills that need improvement on,” sophomore Michie Guzman said. “We also help each other since each person has a different strength. We always help each other out whenever we need it.”

Pamplona is proud that his team has started to win, but winning isn’t the most important aspect of the game. He wants his players to be passionate and work hard to be successful. “Just play hard and play with a lot of heart,” Pamplona said.

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    Ted PamplonaJan 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Girls. Soccer score for Middelton game is wrong. Hillsborough won that game. Hillsborough 1 Middelton 0.