Soccer snags wins at Barb Fest tournament:

athletes hoping to continue with streak


Rayne Branch and Khadijah Halim

As the season continues, the girls’ soccer team continues to be undefeated, as of May 10.

The team faced opponents in three matches at the Barb Fest Tournament at Dekalb High School recently in March and scored eight goals.

The athletes played cohesively and supported one another throughout the matches, according to teammate Xcaret Pineda.

After the tournament, the team had pizza and shared some laughter.

The athletes played Guilford, Rockton Hononegah, and West Aurora in the tournament.

“When we won our tournament in Dekalb, we were so excited to win a trophy. It brought us closer than ever; it was a great team bonding experience,” senior Mia Wotton said.

Pineda said, “By being good teammates, good people, and contributing how [they] can and when [they] feel necessary is how we’ve been successful.”

“I think it’s really fun to play with the ball at my feet, and I like connecting with my teammates and to be able to stand out individually,” she said.

The players are committed on and off the field as they balance athleticism and student life.

“Since I plan to play soccer in college, I know my grades must reflect that goal,” Pineda said.

According to some members of the team, playing is a way for them to connect and strengthen bonds with families and friends through a shared love for the sport; it inspires them to play harder.

“We are all really close as a team,” Wotton said.

“It helps that we are with each other and are in sync and working as a close-knit group,” Wotton said.

Since soccer is a demanding sport, the athletes push to become the best players they can be. With any contact sport comes challenges.

“The toughest thing about soccer is how physically demanding it is,” junior Marin Flynn said.

Time, effort, and patience went into the planning of this season as some players have been injured and games have been postponed due to the harsh weather.

Nevertheless, the team continues to press through in pursuit of victory.

“Soccer has taught me to keep working through hard times because something good will come out of it,” Flynn said.

The team is set to take the field against Oswego East on May 11 at home at 4:30.