WJ girls’ soccer got off to a great start to the 2017 season on Monday against Holton Arms and never looked back, scoring three goals within the first 25 minutes and ultimately winning 4-0.
The scoring started early when senior midfielder Ashley-Kate Smith scored off of a beautiful long shot, three minutes and change into the game.
Just 10 minutes later, Holton Arms got off a shot saved by junior goalkeeper Ally Holden. Twenty seconds later, the ball ended up with sophomore forward Olivia McBerry who passed it to senior captain forward CJ Maloney who then slotted the ball away for a goal to make the score 2-0.
Shortly after coming on as a substitute in the 20th minute, senior captain Michaela Anderson sailed on a shot from just outside the 18-yard box just over the Holton Arms goalie’s outstretched arms into the top left corner for a goal.
That was the last goal of the first half.
At halftime, WJ was up 3-0 and in complete control of the game. The final goal was added with nine minutes left in the game by senior forward Mina Shahmirzadi off of a great pass from Anderson.
According to Coach Josh Kinnetz, WJ just tried to execute their initial game plan and came out strong. As for future expectations, Kinnetz believes that WJ can make it back to the playoffs, but he says that the team needs to take it one game at a time and progress one game at a time.
So far, the team is 4-2, with their other wins coming against Damascus, Einstein and Sherwood. Their two losses have come against Perry Hall and Bel Air. The next game for WJ is on Saturday, September 23 against Wheaton High School at WJ at 1:00 p.m.