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In it to win it

SHS varsity soccer teams win home games against Scecina Memorial and Franklin Central High School
Ava Campbell
Senior Karlyn Fox takes a throw-in after the ball goes out of bounds during an SHS soccer game against Scecina Memorial High School on Thursday, Sept. 14. The girls team went on to win the game with a score of 3-0.

As the clock ticked down in the final moments of the SHS varsity boys soccer game on Thursday, Sept. 14, the energy around the field was palpable. The Cards were up 3-1, the Lady Cards had won their game hours before and it was both teams’ senior night.

“(The game) was really exciting because we won,” junior forward Dieu Ebuela said.

Both the SHS varsity boys and girls soccer teams won their respective games on Thursday, with the boys playing against the Franklin Central High School Flashes and the girls playing against the Scecina Memorial High School Crusaders.

Junior London Shields runs in front of the ball to intercept it during the game. Shields then gained control of the ball. (Ava Campbell)

The girls game, a shutout, ended with a score of 3-0, with an SHS win.

One of these points was scored almost halfway through the first half by senior midfielder Jimena Duran Hernandez. During the first half, the Cards made most of the attempts at goals.

Girls head coach Cory Sandvold says that in honor of senior night, he tried to give as many seniors playing time as possible in the first half.

“First half, obviously we were trying to get a lot of our seniors a lot of extra playing time because it was their night,” Sandvold said. “But then (in the) second half, it was definitely about going to try to get some more goals.”

The other two points, scored in the second half, were made by senior forward Esbeydi Montes and freshman midfielder Asia Mulumba.

Mulumba, Sandvold says, is a “freshman superstar” and was a key player in the game.

“I think I played great … I think our communication went well towards the end, and our passes too,” Mulumba said.

This winning streak carried on into the boys game. While it was not a shutout, the Cards still defeated the Flashes 3-1.

The boys team scored two of their three points in the first 10 minutes of the game. With eight minutes left of the first half, the Flashes scored their first and only point.

“I thought we played a really good first 10 minutes,” boys head coach David Stroup said. “(In) the first half we got up 2-0 (and) played really well.”

Senior Yahir Lopez prepares to kick the ball to a teammate during the game. The boys team won their game with a score of 3-1. (Ava Campbell)

By the end of the first half, the score was 2-1, with an SHS lead. Around halfway through the second half, though, Ebuela was given the chance to take a penalty kick.

Ebuela made the shot, bringing the score to 3-1, where it stayed until the end of the game.

With two wins, both teams were satisfied with their performance. And, winning on senior night made this victory even sweeter.

“The majority of (the senior girls) have been in the program for multiple years, some of them, all four years, so (it was) definitely good to get them to go out on a high note,” Sandvold said.

Even with their success, both teams hope to continue to grow, specifically learning to trust each other as players and effectively finish out a game. But, they are hopeful for the future, and for more games to end like these: in a win.

“(During the) second half we came in, played pretty well, and I think we did just enough to win,” Stroup said. “But I was happy our seniors got a win on senior night.”

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Ava Campbell
Ava Campbell, Sports Editor
Hi! I’m Ava, and I’m the Sports Editor for The Journal. Last year, I was a feature writer. While I definitely enjoyed my time there, I’m excited to move up in the ranks and take this new opportunity! A little bit about me: I run cross country and track for SHS, and I’ve been running since I was a little kid. Before I got into running, I did cheerleading and basketball. Aside from my athletic pursuits, I like to spend my time reading, baking and painting. I really got into acrylic painting this year, and along with baking, it’s a stress reliever for me. The main source of my stress is school, of course, but I am also a parent to two guinea pigs who, quite literally, keep me up at night. I am a lover of musicals, which naturally means my guinea pigs’ names are Hamilton and Lafayette. Pro tip: if you never want me to shut up, ask me what I think about the lyric changes between each production of Hadestown. Rants aside, I hope you find what we produce interesting. Go check it out!

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