Soccer and Field Hockey Seasons are Underway

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Soccer and Field Hockey Seasons are Underway

The soccer team during their game against Niagara Catholic

The soccer team during their game against Niagara Catholic

The soccer team during their game against Niagara Catholic

The soccer team during their game against Niagara Catholic

Cara DeRose, Contributor

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The beginning of fall sports is a bittersweet time as it means that school is officially starting. The soccer and field hockey teams have been occupying the Larkin Field since August 17, when preseason began.

Natalia Vaquero ’18

The soccer team has been using their history-making win of the All-Catholics Group B championship last season as a motivation. Captain Natalia Vaquero ’18 said, “with the championship on our backs, it makes us work harder.” The team started off the season with a 5-4 win against Niagara Catholic High School. Since then, they have had five close games. They recently played Nardin, which is their toughest opponent. The soccer team does not allow a loss to bother them.

“As a team, we want to develop and maintain a positive attitude,” said Natalia.  “Since we are one of the smallest teams in the league, we have to work twice as hard to match the bigger schools and every game won’t go our way, but we just have to shake it off and train harder.”

On the other side of the field, Varsity Field Hockey attended Nichols Play Day on August 29, shortly after their preseason began. The team scrimmaged with four teams and played 30-minute games.

Junior varsity field hockey welcomed many new players to the team. Their first game together was September 22 against Medina High School. Having their first game so late into the season has given them time to prepare. “We have a lot more time to practice compared to the Nichols Play Day, I think we’ll be a lot better,” said JV captain Lily Hamlett ’20. They have a busy season ahead with five upcoming games. As a goal for this season, “we’re not trying to win every single game, but we’re trying to get the team to be more comfortable with playing with one another,” said Lily.

Varsity Field Hockey participated in the Barb Field Tournament on September 8 and 9, which was also their first game. They lost a close one to Kenmore East High School with a score of 3-2.

V. Field Hockey also lost their second game against Sacred Heart Academy. “We haven’t won a game yet, but I know a win is coming soon,” said varsity captain Rose McDonnell ’18.

The team will be busy in the next few weeks as they play Sacred Heart and Kenmore East. As a goal this season, Rose said “I want the team to have fun, but also win. We already have fun together and I think that is seen on the field; we play well as a group.” The team prepares for their upcoming senior game on September 27 against Sacred Heart. Tess Rine ’18 said “I love the sport and it’s fun to be the oldest on the team” but “it’s also sad knowing that my last preseason and last first game are now behind me. I’m going to miss Leigh, my team and the sport in general.”