Girls Soccer: Turning Over a New Leaf

“Malden High School’s girls soccer game on Sept. 30, 2013 against North Reading.”

From Girls Soccer, posted by The Blue & Gold on 10/03/2013 (9 items)

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The weather is starting to cool down which means autumn is in the air and fall sports are back. This season, the Malden High School girls soccer team is putting through a lot of effort to do well.

This year is slowly changing from the last. Senior captain Bestine Cong says “We’re actually starting to win games which wasn’t happening last year so that’s a major improvement.” Even if they do not win a game, they always better their record with the team. “Right now for this program it’s not about wins. It’s more about how are we playing. Are we playing with structure? Are we making games tough for our opponents? The answer is yes,” added varsity coach Rick Caceda.

There is also a freshman team this year which is new to the MHS team. The varsity, junior-varsity, and freshman coaches are all new too. Caceda stated that “It feels great [to be a new coach]. I’ve been around the program for years. To now be in charge of a great bunch of girls and hopefully lead them to success is a  challenge I’m more than willing to take on.”

On Sept. 16, 2013, the girls soccer team won their first game in three years against Somerville with a final score of 2-1. Goals were scored by freshman Felicia Lombardi, sophomore Kristina Gilbert and blocks from sophomore goalie Sabrina Baretto.

The team had a victory against Medford on Sept. 27, 2013. Goals were scored by freshman Felicia Lombardi, who says that she feels “accomplished because [she] feel[s] like [she is] doing [her] part to help the team.”

On Oct. 2, 2013 they had yet another win against Everett with a final score of 3-1 due to scores by freshman Felicia Lombardi with assists by sophomore Kristina Gilbert and senior captain Krystianna DiMaro.

Junior captain Samantha Drapinski says that “[Her] favorite part of the season was [their] very first win in three years. It was nice to celebrate with the team, [they] all cheering and it was very exciting”.

The team is very close-knit and feels like a family. Communications and teamwork is extremely important in any sport, especially one as team-oriented as soccer. “This year the girls soccer team is much more of a family, there is a lot of chemistry on the field,” stated Drapinski.

The girls soccer team always sticks together through thick and thin. “I really hope that our team can continue to build such strong bonds with each other. The season has just started too but I can already predict a lot more success and hopefully wins in the future” said Cong.

So far it has been a great season of hard-workers who are clearly passionate about the sport. With team members like this, it is a given that the rest of the season will hold nothing but success for MHS girls’ soccer team. “Keep an eye on our team. We’re coming on strong. It won’t happen overnight but we’re working hard,” Caceda stated.

Correction: In a previous version of the article the score for the Everett was recored as 10-2, it has been changed to 3-1.

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