Girls Soccer Seeks Redemption

Olivia Grandpre

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After a tough loss in last year’s state semifinals against Mountain View High School, the girls soccer team is looking forward to a year of redemption. The varsity team has had many close games and state opportunities, but have fallen short in the past few years. They defeated Godwin High School to win the regional championship; however, they were stopped short of the state title in penalty kicks.
This year Coach Steven Chapman is looking to his returning juniors and seniors to lead the team on and off the field after having eight seniors graduate from the team last year. Chapman has high expectations from the captains, seniors Haven Lakey, Melissa Macuso, and Lexi Long.
Long is very excited about coming back for her final season to defeat the team’s rivals and work towards winning a state championship.
“I am really looking forward to playing Godwin and Freeman this year, as both will be strong opponents this year. Overall, I am just super excited to leave it all on the field my senior year,” Long said.
Coach Chapman also hopes to have the all players increase their focus and gain a stronger work ethic in order to get better results this year.
“I want this team to play better soccer than last year’s team: faster, stronger, more tactical, and creative soccer. If the girls train hard and play well as a team, the positive results will follow,” Chapman said.
The program is also adding a new team member, JV coach Amy Turner. Coach Turner is an alumna and is currently an elementary school PE teacher at Elizabeth Holladay Elementary School.
Chapman enjoys coaching high school soccer, especially because of the age group and challenge of getting a whole team of 20 to come together for a common cause. He has spent years building the soccer program.
“I have a special fondness for Deep Run soccer because I helped to open the school in 2002. I started the boys programs and was able to help grow it into a state championship caliber team,” Chapman said.
The soccer program has grown into a successful program, and the girls varsity team hopes to bring home another trophy for the school.

Girls Soccer Seeks Redemption