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JV Journal

By Maureen Lei, Print Managing News Editor
November 11, 2010
JV Girls' Soccer

JV Girlsí Soccer (6-4-1) finished off a winning season with a victory over Gaithersburg on Oct. 23, according to coach Kerri Galloway. Although they faced more difficult teams as the season progressed, they still worked well together as a team, said Galloway.

Forward Caren Holmes dribbles the ball past a Trojan defender. Tolu Omokehinde
Forward Caren Holmes dribbles the ball past a Trojan defender.
Galloway and her players said the team is capable of playing at a high level, despite their struggles to perform consistently. "We definitely had our on games and off games. We needed everyone to be in the zone for us to do well, and sometimes people just werenít in that zone," said sophomore co-captain Caren Holmes.

Galloway attributed much of the teamís success to its strong defense, especially because offense does not always have a lot of opportunities to score. Outside of defense, Galloway identified a group of skilled players including Holmes and freshman co-captain Delia Trimble.

Although the team was successful this season, Galloway maintained that her players need to work on consistency and getting to the ball faster. She also said that the team could be faster in getting comfortable on the field during games. "Itís almost like we take a few minutes to get warmed up in each game," she said.

JV Boys' Soccer

JV Boysí Soccer (10-1) triumphed over Walter Johnson on Oct 23. in their last game of the season, according to coach Richard Porac.

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The JV boysí soccer team practices running drills as a warm-up before their game.
Porac said that the team had a stellar season, even after the loss of seven players to the varsity team.

Despite the losses, the teamís performance has not suffered. "Weíve gotten so many players moved up to varsity, but weíre still winning. Thatís a sign that youíve got a good team," said sophomore co-captain Charley Marshall.

Porac attributed the teamís spectacular performance to a high level of experience. "There are a lot of returning players this year, and the experience the freshmen came in with helped too," he said.

He also felt that the team had several particularly strong players, including freshman Ismail Lapp-Kamala, freshman Jake Rozhansky and sophomore Jeffey Martinez.

Despite their spectacular performance, Porac said that the team could still improve in terms of speed and strength.

JV Field Hockey

JV Field Hockey (9-2-1) ended their season with a spectacular finish, conquering Northwood in their final game on Oct. 21, said coach Nina Hagan.

Midfielder Caroline James prepares to pass the ball to her fellow teammates. Tolu Omokehinde
Midfielder Caroline James prepares to pass the ball to her fellow teammates.
Hagan felt that the team has grown significantly compared to last yearís team. "With this team, the level of the players has been much higher and much more even than it has been in the past," she said.

She also felt that the team was successful thanks to a slow buildup of the ability to apply all the skills they learned. "Itís just been a steady, gradual increase across the board," she said.

Since the beginning of the season, the team has improved both in terms of technical skill and communication. "We were really messy in the beginning, and didnít listen to each other as well as we do now," said freshman goalie Ruby Taylor.

Haganís main concern was having an oversized team. "This yearís team is really big, and I donít know if I want to keep this many girls next year," she said.

JV Football

JV Football (7-2) conquered Northwood in their game of the season on Nov. 4, according to coach Adrian Kelly.

Sophomore Kenyon Bundy runs the ball downfield into Wildcat territory. Tolu Omokehinde
Sophomore Kenyon Bundy runs the ball downfield into Wildcat territory.
Sophomore co-captain Josue Canas-Benavide said he was very pleased with the game against Northwood. "We played an excellent game. Our defense did a great job and our running backs were running hard," he said.

Kelly said that the team is very able, despite losing a large number of sophomores to the varsity team.

Kelly identified defense as the teamís greatest asset. "Defense as a whole unit has good control. Theyíve helped us maintain consistency," he said. He named sophomore co-captain Westmoreland Thach, sophomore Kenyon Bundy and freshman Walter Blanco as highly skilled players.

In spite of their success, the team suffered consecutive losses to Whitman and Sherwood on Sept. 30 and Oct. 9. "We slacked off after our winning streak in the beginning. Those games were definitely a wake-up call," said Canas-Benavide. By the end of the season, the team became much more uniform. "We got stronger as a team, a family and a unit," said Canas-Benavide.

Canas-Benavide was pleased with the way the season ended, especially after the teamís mid-season struggles. "[Northwood] was an excellent way to finish," he said.

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