By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Sports Reporter
Last Thursday, as the sun blazed in the late afternoon, the Needham girls' soccer team took to the field to line up for an 11 v. 11 competition against Brookline High in their final scrimmage of the year. With anticipation building for the upcoming action-packed season, the girls cheered with excitement. It marked the beginning of what promised to be a season filled with growth, enjoyment, and determination.
Since scrimmages do not count toward regular season records, Head Coach Kayla Steeves had the opportunity to work on formations and experiment with different lineups to determine the most effective strategy for the season ahead. Despite it being a scrimmage, this did not hinder the team's display of their talents on the field. The girls went to work as the first whistle signaled the start of the first half.
Utilizing their full strength and exceptional field vision, the girls gave their all to advance the ball into the offensive end. Needham dominated by making the most of the field's width and frequently sought out open spaces when making passes to lead their teammates up the field. The Rockets' defense, with as much talent as their forwards, defended their goal with unwavering determination, creating a formidable barrier against Brookline's attempts.
It was evident that the girls knew how to enjoy themselves on the field, celebrating their accomplishments after scoring several goals in the second half. Displaying signs of an excellent season ahead, the girls demonstrated resilience, never wavering in their pursuit of the ball and their desire to win.
The regular season will kick off with the girls traveling to Milton on Thursday, September 7th, for their first league match at 7 p.m. If you are unable to attend, please make sure to support your girls' soccer team this season and catch a game. You can find their schedule athttps://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams/Schedule/5645725.