No play-offs for Lady Lions soccer

Stacia Papuga, Sports Editor

The LHS girls varsity soccer team’s season has finally come to an end on Oct. 28 when they beat Holyoke 1-0 in their regular season games.

“Overall, the season was inconsistent. We would win games, then lose games,” said coach Kate Marino.

Unfortunately, the girls did not qualify for the tournament this year with a 6-7-5 record.

“This is the first time in my 10 years of coaching girls soccer that we did not make the tournament,” said Marino, “I wish it turned out better.”

The girls struggled with becoming a team, Marino said. Individually the players were strong at their positions but they needed to improve their connection and gain more trust in each other on the field.

“It was disappointing that we did not achieve our goal by making the play-offs this season. Our seniors provided us with great leadership while the underclassmen gained valuable experience,” said junior Kailah Papuga.

Next year Marino hopes that the girls come with the same intensity for all practices and all games, no matter who they play.  She also hopes that they will have a want-to-win game face for every game.

“I hope next season is better for us,” said sophomore Jennifer Hackett, “This was a learning experience and will only make us better for the upcoming year. We are fully capable of going all the way and are expectations are nothing less than that.”

While the seasons over, the girls hope that with the hard work they put in into the off-season, they will be able to come back strong and earn a chance for the Western Mass title.