By Mary Rose Bell '20
For the past few years, the soccer program lacked numbers, and both JV and Varsity had very few subs. So, this preseason was an exciting change from past years! We had many new players trying out, and their hard work was evident from day one. Although we started preseason with the infamous beep test, the energy and enthusiasm from all participants was encouraging. Returning players were already excited to see how we would all play together.
Varsity soccer graduated some key players last year—including our only keeper, Lillian Keller. However, within the first week, several players stepped up to fill the gaps in our past lineup. Although some players were not playing in their usual positions, the team quickly bonded and played successfully.
After we lost in our first scrimmage against BCC, we learned from our mistakes and improved our defending skills during the next practice. Our defensive shape and communication improved immensely as seen in our game against Walt Whitman High School. Despite being recent Maryland state champions, we beat Whitman 4-2. CVS also went on to beat WIS 1-0 later that week.
Coming out of a pretty successful preseason, CVS hopes to keep the momentum going! The extent to which we have already bonded and encouraged one another on the field is promising. We hope to build on the energy we have so far this season and give each game our all!
Also, a big shout out to our new varsity soccer members: Izzy ’23, Natalya ’23, Fiona ’23, Alexa ’22, Clare ’21, and Avery ’20!