By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Westwood High School varsity girls soccer enters the 2021 season looking to rebound following a 2-4-4 record throughout their COVID-condensed and postseason-less 10-game slate in 2020.
Leading the Wolverines will be three senior co-captains: goalie Rachel Berliner, defensive midfielder Haley Jacobson and midfielder Sofia Roberts. Another key player back for the Wolverines in 2021 is junior wing Kella McGrail.
“Our main goal is to work hard and make the [state] tournament,” said McGrail when asked about her team’s general goals heading into the new season. “I have high hopes that this season will run a lot smoother as far as the rules regarding COVID protocols, but our team is always so optimistic, so I know we will have a great time no matter what.”
After helping the Westwood girls lacrosse team to the Division I state championship on July 1, McGrail finds herself in a unique situation compared to other multi-sport athletes across the state. With the spring athletics season ending so late for McGrail and her lacrosse team, the quick turnaround to fall soccer season will have its pros and cons. On one hand, McGrail will need to endure a shortened rest and recovery period. On the other, the shortened layoff has allowed McGrail to stay focused and remain in shape.
“Transitioning from lacrosse to soccer has not been too difficult because we are still in shape from lacrosse season,” said McGrail. “It was just the basic soccer skills that needed a little attention in between seasons. Our team actually just went to a soccer camp for five days and worked hard to get our touches together. It was great team bonding.”
The Westwood girls will open the 2021 season at home against rival Norwood on September 8 at 3:45 p.m.
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