Seattle Prep’s Girls Varsity Soccer Team made their way down to Portland, Oregon on Friday, September 13th to face Jesuit High.
Jesuit High School has won 13 State Championship since the year 1995. Three of these championships have been won in the last four years. This match-up requires a lot of mental preparation. Junior Defender Maya Shields stated, “We try to hold every game to the same standard in order to stay consistent, but there was definitely a slightly different edge to our preparation for the game considering they were highly ranked and were a team we had never faced before.”
“We just mentally prepared ourselves for the game and tried to get rid of preconceived ideas we had about playing against the ‘#1’ team in the nation” added Shields.
Playing the skilled Jesuit High, being down 2 to 0 after two minutes, the team settled to narrow the score to 2 to 1.
Despite falling short to a final score of 4 to 1, the girls kept their up their intensity to keep the game close. Even though it is preseason with new players, they worked together, all united by school pride.
Shields added “I think we fought hard and did the best we could as a team considering we are quite a new team. Many of us hadn’t played together much before this season and we were missing a few players, but we worked well through the challenges we faced.”
Even though Shields was hurt during the game, she said, “I worked to put all my energy into supporting my teammates who were on the field and creating the best environment for them to play in.” by the team keeping their spirits up in challenging times, the Seattle Prep sidelines was able to cheer for their school and stay engaged in a game that wasn’t going as they expected.