Girls soccer prepares to face MacArthur


photo by Kate Haas

The girls soccer team warms up by playing possession. Possession helps players keep control of the ball and helps them improve their quick passes.

The girls soccer team will play a home game against Irving MacArthur on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

“We have learned from our mistakes in games by assessing our weaknesses in every circumstance,” assistant coach Kali Essary said. “We plan to work the midfield by using specific drills that focus on making runs to add in on the offensive end to inevitably come out on top.”

The girls are 2-1-1 in district, and are in fourth place with 7 points after beating Irving Nimitz 8-1, tying Coppell 1-1, beating Marcus 1-0, and losing to Flower Mound 1-0. The team is hoping to return to the playoffs again this year.

“It’s important to win because every point is crucial,” junior Olivia Hunt said. “It completely determines who we would face in the first round of playoffs. It’s also important that we get a win against a less challenging opponent.”

Irving MacArthur is 3-1 in district and in third place with 9 points after playing Coppell, Lewisville, Irving and Irving Nimitz.

“Purely thinking of district rankings, we understand that it is a necessity to win the games we are supposed to,” Essary said. “It is also important that we don’t get overconfident in our abilities.”

They have prepared by assessing their defense, midfield and forwards as well as analyzing film from past games and correcting mistakes from previous games.

“Our season started off by playing strong teams that pushed us to always do our best,” Essary said. “While we know that the score of the games do not always reflect the better team, we are proud of our effort on and off the field no matter the score.”

The team will have to finish in the top four in the district in order to make playoffs. The team is hoping to finish in the top four in order to get a good seed going into playoffs so they can play a lower seeded team.

“Our expectations are that we always come out and do our best with a hope of making playoffs,” Essary said. “While playoffs is our immediate goal, it would be ideal if we could advance even farther past our region.”