Wiregrass girls soccer begin season undefeated

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Deshawn Mann

The girls’ varsity soccer team huddle before their game against North Port.

The Wiregrass girls’ soccer team is currently undefeated with a record of 4-0, triumphing over Tampa Catholic, Lake Gibson, North Port, and Pasco.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, the team competed in their first home game against North Port. Senior captain Natalia Kaminski explained her goals for herself and the team during this match-up.

“My goal when playing against North Port was to focus on giving the forwards as many scoring chances as possible by playing through balls,” Kaminski explained. “We knew they were a high scoring team with a weaker defense, and we needed to take advantage of as many scoring opportunities as possible.”

Wiregrass defeated North Port with a final score of 1-0. Junior Bella Maldonado scored the game-winning goal.

Sophomore Lola Vargas dribbles the ball down the field. (Deshawn Mann)

The girls faced off against Pasco high school on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Senior captain and center defender Kayla Ojeda believes the team is working well together.

“My personal goal playing against Pasco was to continue with our shutout streak, and I think the team did very well against them,” Ojeda said. “All the girls got a chance to play, and every player contributed to the team’s success.”

Head coach Avery Walker shared his thoughts on the game against Pasco.

“Once subs came on, there was a brand-new intensity that really lifted the team, and they carried us to victory,” Walker explained. “We had eight different goal scorers in the game, which is really impressive too.”

Varsity players Aiya Harrell, Ellie Klem, Rylee Humphries, Kayla Ojeda, and Mckayla Battle celebrate after scoring a goal. (Deshawn Mann)

Wiregrass mercy-ruled Pasco with a final score of 8-0, continuing their winning and shutout streak.

Following Thanksgiving break, the Bulls will compete in their next game at home against Bishop McLaughlin Nov. 29.

“My goal [against Bishop McLaughlin] is to come away with another shut out and to have a win, but that we play at the level that we are capable of playing,” Walker exaplined. “Too often, we play down to other teams’ levels so if we do what we can do, then I expect us to get a good win.”