Varsity Girls Soccer Overcomes the Early Season Challenges

Eagles have been playing better as the season goes on and hopes to make a postseason charge


Emily Hammock

Junior Lola Gianino runs after a loose ball in a game against Zumwalt North on April 13. The Eagles won the game, 3-1.

Yudi Barcenas and Lilly Brown

Mattie Watson, Reporter

After a difficult start to the season, the varsity girls soccer team is moving in the right direction. 

The Eagles have an 13-4-1 record entering the final three games of the season before district postseason play begins. This includes a nine-game winning streak after starting the season losing two of its first three. 

It took some time to get the players all on the same page and they also had to cope with losing a teammate. 

“The most challenging part of soccer this year is all of the new people we have on the team,” senior Rachel Skyberg said. “It is hard to adjust when you have many new people that take on new positions that they have never played before. It took a few games to move people around and learn their new roles.”

Maddy Kuhn (left) tries to take the ball from an opponent in a game against Cor Jesu. Kuhn scored the game’s lone goal as the Eagles won, 1-0. (Anna Simms)

Before the season started, the team suffered a tragedy as one of their teammates sophomore Lydia Elking passed away.

“It was really hard for a lot of us girls in the beginning of the season,” Morgan Struttmann said. “Lydia was such an outgoing girl that never gave up on the field. She was always running around pushing herself to be better.”

On the field, the Eagles have scored 42 goals on the season. They are currently in second place in the GAC Central behind Zumwalt South. 

Struttmann leads the team in goals with 12 while Skyberg has the most assists with 11. Goalkeeper Sydney Strassemeier has five shutouts.

As the season enters May, the team is focused on preparing for districts. 

My expectations are to keep working hard for my team, so we can have a long postseason run,” Struttmann said.