Time to roar: Lions ready for the hunt – Girls Soccer

Robbie Werdiger, Staff Writer

The Girls Varsity Soccer team has started off the season 0-1 after losing their opening game to a solid Riverdale team, but the girls look to rebound Saturday against Fieldston with the help of the Homecoming crowd. At 1 p.m. tomorrow on Four Acres, the new faces of the girls team will showcase their young talent to the school.

Last year, ten of the eleven starters on the team were seniors, and as a result, the team this year is composed of almost all underclassman. Captain Kiara Royer (11) is the only returning starter, and co-Captain Lucy Rittmaster (12) is the only other returning player on the team. The young squad is filled with potential stars including goalie Eliza Becker (9), who had some great saves against Riverdale.

“Because we’re so young, we don’t have any expectations. We are trying to have fun and improve with every game. Our focus is towards the future, but I am not counting out our hard-working mentality to help us win games this season,” left defender Kelly Troop (10) said.

The captains have tried to mentor their younger teammates and use their valuable experience on the field.

“Our first step is to work together on the field as a cohesive unit. With more time and practices, the results will come, and our team chemistry will strengthen,” Royer said. “I don’t think our performance against Riverdale accurately represented our team, and I am excited for our Homecoming game and the opportunity to win more matches.”

“During practices we are focusing on mastering the fundamentals through different drills rather than competing in scrimmages. We need to build our skills before anything else,” Leyli Granmayeh (10) said. “On Saturday I’m looking forward to seeing how our upgraded abilities manage against a rumored mediocre Fieldston team. We will grow better as a unit with every game we play, and we hope to perform our best on the homecoming stage.”