By Jameson Thompson
No one ever wants to lose. The pain of defeat can be unimaginable. Working so hard towards a goal and falling short is a painful feeling.
Lady Arrows Soccer Head Coach Eliot Rimmer, in his first season, led the Lady Arrows Soccer team to a 12-3-7 record; and, while the girls lost the North State Championship game, that loss is mitigated by the growth the team had this year.
“I truly enjoyed watching these girls mature, not only as players, but also as people,” said Rimmer. “We had a really good group of girls this season, and it will be sad to see them leave; but I’m excited to see my younger players step up for the next season.”
The Lady Arrows are losing a handful of seniors for the upcoming season, but Rimmer believes that will not be an issue for the upcoming season.
“I truly believe that we are going to be better next year. We have some really good juniors and sophomores. Who are only going to grow as players.”
Balancing academics and athletics can be a tough challenge. Sophomore Molly Lenow explained how she is able to make time for both: “Time management is really important. Most of the time, I don’t have much free time. I try to get a lot of my schoolwork done at school, so I have time to practice soccer in the afternoon.”
The Lady Arrows fell short in their North State Championship game against the Madison Central Jaguars, with a final score of 2-0.
“When we lost it was very disappointing,” said junior Addison Pletzke. “We worked very hard all season, especially for this moment, and we came up short. On the bright side, I believe that we will be just as good next year as we were this year, so I’m excited for whatever the future has in store for us as a team.”
Most current Lady Arrows players started playing the sport at a very young age. Senior Grace Goolsby said she remembers when she first fell in love with the game of soccer.
“I fell in love with soccer when I was really young,” said Goolsby. “Being able to play alongside my friends and having some great coaches along the way has really made me fall in love with the game of soccer.” Goolsby also expressed the love she has for her teammates: “I love practicing and playing with these girls. I really enjoy all the fun times we have, and that is something I am truly going to miss about playing high school soccer.”
For some players, playing a sport is an escape from reality, an escape from the outside world that brings relaxation and peace from all of the craziness within it.
For Senior Captain Hollyn Oswalt, that is exactly what soccer is.
“It is a safe space away from everything else,” said Oswalt. “I have always enjoyed soccer and becoming a better player. Along the way, I have made some good friendships and met some coaches, which has really helped me enjoy soccer a lot.”
With this year being her last year of high school soccer, Oswalt said, “It’s bittersweet, because I am sad to be playing my last game of high school soccer, but, at the same time, I’m excited to see what how good the girls will be next year.”
One thing is for sure, the Lady Arrows are excited for whatever the upcoming season has in store for them.