Beating Bishop Ward


Molly Miller, Staff Writer

The KCC girls soccer team broke their losing streak with a win against Bishop Ward. After 80 minutes of hard play, the end score was 8-1, and the team celebrated their first win on the field.

“The girls soccer team had some challenges and faced some tough competition early on in the season, so it felt amazing to get this first win,” coach Seth Turner said.

Some of these challenges included a new goalie and six new starters on the team. However, the team overcame these challenges and scored their first goal of the season against Bishop Ward.

“Our first goal felt amazing and it was a relief to have finally scored,” senior Faith Unruh said.

As the first goal of the season hit the back of the net, the the players on the field and bench erupted into cheer. The second half ended 3-0, but the  Panthers were still hungry for more.

“We knew we had the advantage, so we tried some new formations and plays in the second half,” Turner said.

The girls entered the second half more focused and possessed the ball the majority of the half  blasting five more soccer balls past the Bishop Ward keeper.

“The most exciting goal was when [junior] Emma Browning dribbled past two defenders and scored a goal outside of the 18 yard box,” Turner said.

Some other highlights from the game were the precise passes from Carly Connealy straight through the defense to outside forwards Faith Unruh and junior Molly Miller who used their speed to beat the defenders.

“I’m really proud of our team because I could tell we were all starting to connect passes and play how we’ve been practicing,” senior Carly Connealy said.

A recurring strategy that worked for the Panthers was the quick switch from defense to offense, and an immediate attack on Bishop Ward’s goal. KCC won the ball back countless times and only let one goal slip in.

“The team we faced wasn’t the best, but it was a great learning experience and showed the potential the girls have” said Turner.

Considering the level of competition, the girls still worked hard and dominated the whole game.

“This is still the beginning of the season, and we have plenty of room to grow. [Our] plan for the

rest of the season is to learn as we go and improve as a team,” Turner said.