By Morgan Day
Despite the cold and snow, girls’ varsity soccer at Central is underway and off to a great start. The season opened with a 4-0 win against South Lyon and their most recent game resulted in a 2-1 win against Lakeland, bringing their season record to 2-1-1.
The team tied Livonia John Glenn, 1-1 and suffered its one loss in a 1-0 game against cross-town rival Walled Lake Western.
Soccer, like most spring sports this season at Walled Lake Central, faced some challenges with the weather either being too cold, too snowy, or simply all around just awful.
All spring of the sports, girls’ soccer included, have had to rearrange their schedules, and pull strings just for the season to go on. Joel Sharpe, head coach of the varsity girls’ team, has struggled especially trying to find places just for the team to practice.
“We had to practice in the gym, which was hard because every other sport was trying to practice in there, and productivity was lost for a while especially considering how many people are on the team this year.” With 19 girls crammed into a gym along with several other sports.
Senior Monica Norton, co-captain of the varsity girls’ soccer team here at Central, believes that this will be a good year for soccer despite the obstacles of recent weather conditions.
“Even though we struggled in the beginning of the season, we have been working really hard to make up for lost time and I think we will go pretty far this season. I’m excited.”
Looking at last year’s stats, this doesn’t seem to be much of an obstacle. Last year, the team made it to district finals, but lost with Hartland, taking a 4-0 point lead to Central’s 0. Norton added, “It’s just something that we have to work harder for this year.”
In regards to how the team was affected by the loss of twelve seniors to graduation, last season, Norton said, “Even though a big part of our team graduated last year, we are still going strong and making up for the losses.” Making up for those losses are hardworking freshmen, sophomores and juniors, ready to do what it takes to win.
So, it’s pretty evident that it takes a lot to hinder these girls.The team is still going strong, and working especially hard under the guidance of the passionate Coach Sharpe to be the best that they can be throughout this season.