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Girls Soccer End With A Rough Season

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With the season coming to an end, the Crete girls soccer team has worked hard to put a seal on their season by taking home their first ever district game on Monday, April 31. The team overall has had a rough season ending with one win, and eleven losses. Each year, the girls seem to face harder teams, and this year was no exception, with the team ending their season with five mercy rules. The girls have faced various teams which include Conestoga, Seward, Waverly, Auburn, Lakeview, Norris, and Grand Island Northwest.

After a handful of losses, the team worked to try to get a win when facing Conestoga on March 23rd. The game started off strong with Crete getting most of the possession of the ball, but after five minutes into the game, Conestoga began to push against the team’s defensive line and gain speed where they made many goals. Conestoga worked smart and out ran Crete leaving the girls with a loss of 7-1 with Sophomore Jasmine Sam scoring a goal. “It was a great game even if we lost. I still can not believe I scored a goal, it is so surreal,” Sam said.

With having had a bittersweet ending against Conestoga, the girls faced Seward. A day before, the team lost one of their starters, varsity captain Aztryd Lima, to an injury. This lead to a full rearrangement of the defensive line, “It was a challenge due to the loss of Aztryd who was the voice to our defense. With little time to adjust to the position, I played center back for the first time in a game,” junior Erika Alvarez said. Alvarez, along with other players, stepped up and only allowed goals in the first half of the game ending with a loss of 3-0, which was the best the team had done all season. The team held a hard second half by not letting any goals in .

Not letting a loss get in their way, the team moved forward to face Waverly where the girls got mercy ruled, meaning ten goals were scored on them. Seven goals were made in the first 15 minutes and later they were scored on in the first five minutes of the second half. “The team has worked so hard, but that game was not our best. As a team together, we all could have done better,” sophomore Vanessa Lopez said. They hope to forget their games against Lakeview and Norris where the team got mercy ruled twice, once against Lakeview and the other against Norris along with a 9-0 lost again when facing Lakeview for the third time this season.

While they faced many hard games, two stand out, their games against Auburn and Grand Island Northwest. The team gained their first win against Auburn 4-3 with a big comeback in the second half. The girls started off the first half letting three goals in not playing their best game, but after halftime, the team made a huge turn around scoring four goals. Each goal was made by Alvarez along with team’s defense holding back the girls. “ We knew that we had to win this game. Auburn was good, but we knew the win was ours, after the third goal was scored I knew there was a chance,” senior captain Jasmine Mejia said. When the final whistle was blown, the team celebrated their first win of the season remembering it as an unforgettable comeback.

With such a big game, they moved on to face larger teams, the most recent game involved Grand Island Northwest where the team lost 5-1. The game began strong with the sophomore Angie Rodriguez scoring the first goal. With the game close GI scored two more goals, making the score 3-1 by halftime. The team hoped for another great comeback, but they, were beat by their opponent scoring two more in the second half. “I will not forget this game, knowing we could have won, but showing as the game progressed how we gave up. I hope girls do not become content with this result,” senior captain Ana Perez said.

Overall, the girls lost at least four varsity starters due to injuries, leading younger players to step up. “This season has been hard, the teams get better each year. I just hope girls come back each day thinking that they will get better, and that we are a family,” assistant coach Gerald Smith said. The team has also lost head coach Chelsea Them due to her having her baby, yet the girls hope to work and surprise everyone with their last two games and hopefully, winning their first round district game.

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