Girls varsity soccer faces narrow loss against Crystal Springs Uplands


Shreya Srinivasan

Emma Boyce (10) tussles for the ball against an opposing Crystal player. The girls lost 0-1 at home on Tuesday.

by Shreya Srinivasan, TALON Organizations and Co-Sports Editor

The varsity girls soccer team faced a narrow 0-1 loss against Crystal Springs at home on Tuesday, bringing their overall record to 4-4-3 and their league record to 2-1-1.

Due to strong defense by both teams in the first half, neither team was able to gain a lead, with halftime beginning at a deadlocked 0-0.

A Crystal Springs player managed to strike the what would be the ultimate blow after the break, scoring to put the Eagles down 0-1 despite a resilient Harker defense. Harker was unable to recover, resulting in a win for Crystal Springs Uplands.

Though the game ended in a loss, players felt that they had put in their best effort as Crystal Springs is one of their biggest competitors. The team managed to incorporate the drills done in practice into the way they played in the game.

“We definitely played as a team. There was clear intent in how the midfield was sending the balls up the field to the attackers just like we practiced. Communication improved, especially since we know our teammates better and we look out for each other,” player Allie Lee (11) said. “Although the result wasn’t the one we were looking for, there were definitely some important lessons learned from the game. We had a lot of buildups, but we need to work on our finishing touches to actually score goals.”

A freshman on the team, Ashley Barth (9), commented on the close-knit bond of the team to the determination each player had on the field.

“We’ve learned each other’s strengths and weaknesses and that can make a huge difference in a game,” Barth said. “We were able to piece together passes and to spread the field, making it more difficult for the other team.”

Although the intermittent rain had an impact on the game, the team managed to adapt to the changing environment and keep control over the slippery ball. Despite these obstacles, junior Amla Rashingkar recognized that her team executed several effective strategies.

“We played really well, and a lot of players were winning 50-50 balls and taking control of balls in the air,” Amla said. “We pressured the other team when they had the ball and made a lot of strong passes to each other.”

The girls host Castilleja on Wednesday at 3 p.m.