The King’s Academy girls’ varsity soccer team had a rough start to their season on September 17th in their game against ABS. The final score was 0:1, resulting from a loose defensive line in the final 10 minutes. But in spite of this loss, there were some close calls in the game.
Jeeda Naber ’17, fired two free kicks, one sailing narrowly over the bar, and one being saved by the ABS goalkeeper.
After ABS scored, the Lions increased their shots on goal. During the final few minutes, Aziza Hamidi ’16 dribbled through three players, but was tripped by the last standing defender. Hamidi, who has been playing soccer with King’s since her freshman year, is expected to play a pivotal role in the success of the team this year.
Considering the massive player turnover, the King’s team performed rather well. The team tried new combinational plays with both new and old players. Through experimental plays, the team was able to discover new talent. The team’s spirits remained high in spite of the loss.
Less than a week later, the King’s girls played ABS again, defeating them 4:1. Senior Seung Hee Yang ’15, scored a goal five minutes after the game began. King’s maintained strong offensive plays for the remainder of the game: Naber and Hamidi added to Yang’s goal, scoring twice and once, respectively. This incredible turnaround in score reflects just how well the 2014-2015 Varsity Girls team is playing.
Coach Julianne commented that “there will be no drama with this team.” While the players of this year’s team haven’t played together as long as other teams, each practice and game is proving to be a learning experience. With small but advancing steps, the team will gear up for big tournaments at the end of the year. The King’s girls’ varsity soccer team is known for its success throughout the region. Last year, the team defended its Middle East Triangle Sports (METS) championship title, and won all their games except for a match against the Jordanian National Team.
In spite of its impressive track record, the team is most known for its high spirits. And with its unique resilience, the King’s girls’ varsity soccer team hopes to continue its streak of successes on the field.