Girls soccer off to another undefeated start

By Maddy Flax, Sports Editor

The girls soccer team continued its winning streak with a 2-1 victory over Paul VI Sept. 21. and a 7-1 victory over Clarksburg Sept 19.

Prior to that, the Bulldogs started their season with a 9-0 blowout win against Watkins Mill.

Six different Bulldogs found the net in the Sept. 15 match. Senior Jenna Cantor led the team with three goals, junior Suzanne Johnson had two and seniors Colby Ranck, Hanna Taft and Lucy Mangan and junior Zoe Forester each added one.

After the loss of 15 seniors, nearly half its team, the Bulldogs head in to a new era as the 2011 season gets underway. With a roster laden with young talent, the team begins its season quite unsure about the future, yet hopeful that it will return as strong as it’s ever been. The win was a great start for the Bulldogs, who started off with an average performance at a play day at Glenelg High School followed by two wins in scrimmages against St. Andrews and Damascus and a tie with Tuscarora.

“This will be a different year,” senior captain Jackie Lambergman said. “There’s no difference between our players that start and our players that sub.”

With the loss of such talent as 2011 alumna Alexis Shay, who went on to play Division I soccer at High Point University, and Rachel Marincola, who was named 1st team All Met by the Washington Post following the 2010 season, the Lady Bulldogs were left with a major void to fill.

However, with the addition of six new freshmen to the team, as well as seasoned leadership from captains Lambergman, senior Jenna Cantor (verbally committed to Cornell University), and senior Emily Petti and junior Zoe Forster, the team is hoping to pick up right where it left off. Another asset will be junior goalie and Gazette Player to Watch Becca Ewel, who will start this year with the graduation of Krista Quicker.

The Bulldogs face off against Blair Sept. 27 and Holy Cross Oct. 3.