Boys, girls soccer played delayed games

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Olivia Lauter

Sophomore left outside defender no. 16 Emmy Wood kicks the ball past Princeton’s Justice Peinado. The girls soccer team will play their next game against the Wylie East Raiders tonight.

Frigid temperatures, state-wide power outages, and loss of water. While this weather delayed the soccer teams’ games, it didn’t stop their success. The girls defeated Rock Hill and The Colony and the boys defeated Rock Hill but fell short to The Colony 0-1. 

“We played really good as a team against Rock Hill and The Colony considering we hadn’t played with each other for a while,” sophomore Emma Smith said.

The girls team beat Rock Hill 1-0, scoring the goal in the last three minutes of the game and won their Wednesday game 2-0 against The Colony. 

“This [The Colony game] was one of the best games this program has played,” girls head coach Ian Keeble said. “The energy, speed and intensity we played with was outstanding and gave us the 2-0 win in a big matchup.”

The boys defeated Rock Hill 3-0 but they lost to The Colony 1-0 in a penalty kick shootout. 

“[On Monday,] we played hard and together, and it turned out the way we wanted it to,” junior Michael Beaney said. “[On Tuesday] the team fought hard but the game resulted in loss during a shootout.”

Because of weather and school cancellations, both teams had a two week break from practices and games. Both teams will have six games for the next two weeks to make up the missed games.

“Since games were delayed, we have had more games a week,” Smith said. “We are starting to practice in the mornings to make up for missed team practice time.”

The players were sent workouts from their coaches to complete at home to stay in shape for the rest of their season. The teams have seven more games left in the district season. 

“For the rest of the season, the team’s main focus is keeping a clean slate and winning the rest of our games to get us to state,” Smith said. “Right now, we have a couple things we need to work on if we want to be first in district.”

The girls district record is 5-1-1, and they are placed second in the district. The boys district record is 5-2, and they are currently placed third in the district. Both teams have a game tonight against Wylie East. 

“Our main focus for the rest for the season is to take it game by game,” Keeble said. “I have been telling the girls six specific things before each game. If we take care of those six things, our performance will take us to a positive result.”