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Girls soccer seeks to build early season momentum

Grace Nguyen
Senior Reagan Matacale is greeted by her teammates as she takes the field.

Looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss against the McKinney Lions, the girls soccer team (3-3) is slated to face the Whitehouse Wildcats  (1-2-1) this morning.

Head coach Ian Keeble listed the keys to a strong tournament performance and building momentum early in the season.

“We have to play with intensity, apply our principles of play, focus on set pieces, be clinical in front of goal, and have fun,” Keeble said.

With an up and down start to the season, Keeble said he is optimistic about the direction of the program.

“I think we have performed well to start the season,” Keeble said. “We will be in a position to be at the top of our game soon despite having so many young players.”

After this past game’s loss to McKinney, Keeble reflected on what he and his team need to improve.

“I was satisfied with our performance but not the result. McKinney just had the one moment in the game they scored and that was the difference,” Keeble said. “I think we could improve on being more clinical in front of goal, staying more composed on the ball in midfield, and stronger in our 1v1s defensively. Some of us are just starting to get to know each other so I only see us getting better throughout the season.”

Team captain Reagan Matacale was content with her team’s performance against McKinney, but she definitely believes it could be improved on.

“The score of the last game didn’t really reflect how we performed so we left that game kinda on a high note” Matacale said. “We’re hungry to beat big teams like McKinney and Wylie and so on. We could hang with them, but we just need to work on finishing when we can.”

Matacale said she believes the team’s chemistry is an important factor in the team’s overall performance, and they constantly try to work on it the best that they can.

“Chemistry was a core value for this team starting in August, and since we have a young team with five freshmen who play integral roles on the team, I took it upon myself and the returning varsity girls to incorporate them into our bond as soon as possible” Matacale said. “Compared to last year, we are at a great spot with the team and we’re going to accomplish so much more this year.”

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Grace Nguyen, Section Editor
Fueled daily by three iced vanilla coffees, standing at 5’2”, Grace Nguyen will walk into the E103 door with no problem. Grace is entering senior year, and the only reason she is believed to have survived high school is because of the napping couch in the photography studio. During her time on staff, Grace has been to almost every football game, win or loss, and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Yes, Grace has been tackled by football players, run over by coaches, and body slammed by referees. Nonetheless, Grace will confidently walk on the field this year, bruises and all, alongside her sideline media team. Stepping outside the newsroom, which is rare, Grace enjoys playing softball, hanging out with family and friends, and finding excuses to go to every $3 Pazookie Tuesdays at BJ’s. After high school, Grace hopes to pursue a career in sports photojournalism, so watch out for her still getting run over by athletes on ESPN in the years to come. Although it’s bittersweet to leave newspaper upon graduation, Grace is thankful for all the opportunities that she’s had on staff. Through The Red Ledger, Grace created long-lasting friendships and won a lot of awards that she never imagined was possible. Grace hopes that current and future staffers will think of this national-award-winning publication the same way as she did–a second family and their home away from home.

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