Varsity Women’s Soccer Starts Strong

Sarah Valentine, Copy Editor

Soccer can be difficult when the team is new, but Vista’s women’s varsity soccer team is handling the challenge like champs.

On Dec. 13, 2016, the varsity women’s soccer team played against Whitney High School and beat them with a score of 3-0. In the first half of the game, the team did not have possession of the ball and played frantically at times. “I think we struggled in the first half getting into a rhythm and finding feet,” said varsity captain, Payton Kaestner.

However, the team calmed down and kept possession throughout the second half.

“The biggest challenge was being patient and movement off the ball,” said junior Megan Nelson. “We overcame that challenge in the second half by communicating and working for each other.”

The soccer team is made up of many new players and most of them haven’t previously played with one another, so figuring out how to play in sync can be challenging for the team.

“Our biggest challenge throughout the beginning of the season has been playing together,” Haley Cruz said, varsity captain. “We have so many talented players, but a lot of us haven’t played together before so we are still learning each other’s style play.”

 The varsity team has won two games and lost one game during pre-season so far.

“I think the season is going to be really good. We are learning how to be a team and connect with each other on and off the field,” said Nelson.

There are both new and old players on the team this year, and if the soccer team can work together and learn how to play as one unit, they have a good chance of winning the section championship.