by Chrissy Zehrbach
Spirits were high Saturday afternoon as the women’s soccer team defeated Christian Heritage College, holding the visiting Hawks scoreless for a 4-0 finish.
Junior forward Amy Babin scored the first goal with a high shot over the head of Heritage’s goalie, Tiffany Keener. Also scoring was senior forward Adrianna Ramirez, and junior forwards Nicholette Castro and Ashley Polan, whose goal went directly between Keener’s legs as she attempted to stop the ball.
The season holds expectations with tough defense and offense. With eight returning players, five of which are starters, and relief from the bench, the Leopards work well together with strategic pass selection and determination.
Also, great communication between the Leopards can be heard from the sidelines. There is never a quiet moment out on the field.
Co-captain Polan said the team started out small with very few people on the bench. “As little as we are, we are stepping it up and playing as a team,” Polan said.
Coach Wendy Zwissler recognizes that this year’s team is young, but that each game has been an improvement for them. The Leopards stand 2-1 and are now preparing for the upcoming conference games that will, without a doubt, be more competitive and challenging.
Zwissler says everyone on the team is working hard, playing their own role, and are exactly where they should be at this point in the season. She also believes the season will go just as well as the Heritage game as long as the team “keeps executing and continues to have patience with the ball.”
“Our hard work will definitely pay off,” said sophomore goalie AJ Taggart.
The Leopards will travel to Roanoke, Va, to compete in an invitational four-team tournament where they will face tough competition and gain valuable experience.