Ridgewood’s girls soccer team has gotten off to a promising start. The ladies’ hard work and determination are reflected through their tremendous strength, speed, and foot skills on the field as the season begins to unravel.
Since their first match on August 23, the girls have faced off in ten matches against fierce competitors. The team has been training since August 17 in preparation for a thrilling season. As many of the starting players graduated last year, this season’s team team consists of mostly underclassman, with only participating seniors. The seniors for this 2015 season include Alie Simpson, Josie Clark, Adri Fernandez, Rebecca Feder, and Julia Donovan. All of the seniors are looking forward to leading the team throughout the season and to having a successful season.
In their most recent match against Indian Hills High School on Wednesday, September 16, the girls faced off in an intense and draining game, spilling over into two ten-minute double overtime periods. The game was close at 1-1 for the majority of the match, but unfortunately Ridgewood came out defeated. Indian Hills scored their second goal in overtime, leaving the final score 2-1. Ridgewood’s goal was scored by sophomore Nicole Macolino, shot beautifully into the net. The goalie of the Ridgewood High School Women’s soccer team, Camryn Muller, a junior, had a total of seven saves throughout the game. Although the girls did not win this match, they played at the top of their level and remained a fierce competitor for Indian Hills, not giving them an easy victory.
A highlight of the Ridgewood High School women’s soccer team’s season thus far is their excellent game against Academy of Holy Angels on Tuesday September 8. The girls came out victorious with an impressive final score of 4 to 0. Forward Riley Ricciardi, a junior, scored a hatrick with her impressive shooting abilities, significantly bumping up the team’s moral in the game and leading to an easy win. The other goal was achieved by Hannah Cermack, a junior, who also contributed one assist to one of Riccardi’s three goals, proving to be a key player in the game. Cermack’s goal can be attributed to junior Rosie Casey’s assist. As the team progresses through the fall, they hope to accumulate more wins and continue to improve as individual players, but most importantly as a team.