Week in review: girls’ soccer demolishes opponents to stay undefeated

Junior midfielder/defender Katie Dutko passes the ball back to senior captain and defender Isabella Mondelli. The Cats start division play this week against Wootton and RM. “This week’s games are going to be the most entertaining games so everyone should come out and watch,” senior captain and midfielder/forward Aranda Hurge said.

Last week, the Wildcats girls’ soccer team won two games by a combined score of 17-0 to improve their overall record to 5-0.

On Monday Sept. 19, the Cats traveled to Clarksburg High School where they beat the Coyotes 7-0.

“It all came down to the different components of the team. Everyone has a different role to play and I think everything is fitting perfectly this season to where it’s all matching up and creating goal-scoring opportunities,” sophomore midfielder/forward Maya Panicker said.

Then on Friday Sept. 23, the squad trounced the Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles 10-0. Junior midfielder/forward Irene Sánchez Burgueño scored three goals, Panicker scored two goals, while senior forward Caroline Williams, freshman midfielder Evie Avillo, senior captain and midfielder Vivian Vendt, junior midfielder/forward Sofia Ruefli and sophomore midfielder/defender Ellan Hoban had one goal apiece.

One major issue during the game was that there were 16 offsides penalties called against the Wildcats.

“I think it’s important to be more aware. Now that it has happened, I think it shouldn’t happen again, so as a team we just have to be more aware of the issues that we’re having, especially that one and work in practice and communicate on the field to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Panicker said.

This week, the Wildcats will begin their slate of division play against other 4A West Division I teams. All of the matches against these teams were very close contests last year.

“We have film from our games from previous years against all of them: Wootton, BCC, Whitman, Churchill. We’re going to sit in a classroom, watch those films, break down the game and our formation and how we did against them and how we can improve. We are going to attack each game one at a time,” senior defender Emily Roberts said.

This week, the Wildcats will travel to face the Richard Montgomery Rockets on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7:15 p.m. and then host the Wootton Patriots on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:15 p.m.. Last year, the Cats defeated the Rockets 3-2 and were defeated by the Patriots 3-2.

“The mentality [for the Wooton game] is to come out strong because last year we did not come out as strong and [we] lost so we have to make sure to come out strong and score the first few goals and keep the lead from there,” senior captain and midfielder/forward Aranda Hurge said.