By Colleen Yates ’18
On Monday night the girls’ varsity soccer team faced off against defending state champions, Walter Johnson. Sherwood lost the game 3-0 despite countless saves from starting goalie and captain, senior Emily St Laurent. With pressure building, WJ scored their first goal with seven minutes remaining in the first half, WJ got their first goal.
The Warriors found it difficult to maintain possession and the majority of time was spent on the defensive half. Opportunities in the offensive were created by midfielders, junior Izzy Ponce and sophomore Eliza Averbach, as well as junior forward Amira Idriss. Twelve minutes into the second half Walter Johnson scored a second goal and soon after, their third, despite outstanding efforts from center backs, junior Julia Phillip and senior captain Amanda Orsborne.
“ I am very proud of the work so far and our 1-3 start is not a true reflection of the team we have and the work each girl has put into the team so far.” said new coach Lewis Schrumm. “We are moving in a positive direction and starting to gel as a team. We hope to get some key wins during the middle of the season.”
Tuesday night the Warriors played an entirely different game, defeating Paint Branch 4-1. The team possessed the ball and was able to create many opportunities. Outside defenders, senior captain Heather Chidel and freshman Sarah Ben-Yosef, were able to shut down Paint Branch’s offense and Sherwood was able to keep the ball mostly in the offensive half. Goals came from Averbach, freshman Grace Fullmer, senior Sylvia Pinto, and freshman Ally Heller. The Warriors’ next game is next Wednesday at Northwood.