The seniors on girls’ varsity soccer beat Milton Academy for the first time in their four years as Deerfield students. For the new players on the team, the game was just the beginning of what is expected to be a long and successful season.
“It’s really nice to have that win. Deerfield soccer is at a pivotal point…We can really see ahead,” co-captain Joanna Davin ’12 said.
New junior Liz Byrne ’13 commented that the win against Milton made her acutely aware of the team’s potential. “Every game we go into, we know that we are good enough to win,” she explained. “The Milton game was really good for our confidence.”
Assistant Coach Jennifer Marino was also thrilled about the win, but not at all surprised. “It’s not like we were a far inferior team,” she explained. “In fact, it was a really evenly matched game,” she concluded.
Byrne, currently injured, noted what allowed Deerfield to play so well. “Milton is a really good passing team,” she explained. “We weren’t expecting them to play so quickly.” But after co-captain Connie Rhodes ’12 netted the first goal of the game, the “momentum just shifted.”
The Milton squad, though perennially talented, is not necessarily the toughest competition that Deerfield will face. According to Davin, the toughest competition usually includes the Andover and Loomis teams. “We probably have one of the hardest schedules in the league,” proclaimed Ms. Marino. “[The Milton game] definitely helped prepare for the season ahead.”
The team played an impressive game against Milton, but lost twice following the match.
In the coming season, both the ability of talented new players along with that of seasoned returners will be vital to the team’s success. “Having so many new players is what helped us play so successfully against Milton. They really bring in a new pace…they’ve helped us revamp our game,” explained Davin.