Walpole Girls Soccer Beat Norwood and Celebrate Senior Day

Christina Freiberger

Walpole Girls Soccer seniors hold up the signs that were made for them on Walpole's Senior Day October 29.
Walpole Girls' Soccer seniors hold up their signs on Walpole's Senior Day October 29. (From Left to right: Captain Jacey Dold, Kristin Hanifin, Katie Brady, captain Molly Grimes, Ali Gallivan, Erin Swanson, captain Kaitlyn Bradley, and Erica Doolan.)

Ready to blow the Norwood Mustangs away for stealing a win away from them earlier in the season, the Walpole Girls Soccer Team stepped on the field on Thursday, October 29, ready to give their everything for a win against their school’s biggest rival. If the Mustangs did not win this game, and the following game then they had no chance of making the tournament.  In the middle of the first half, sophomore Christina Freiberger volleyed the ball in the penalty box, and senior Kaitlyn Bradley ran onto the ball and  finished it off into the bottom left corner of the net. The Mustangs did not lose their momentum though, and they came back to tie the game one to one. The Rebels did not want their rival team to easily go into the tournament, so they sprinted to every ball possible and took every shot they could. Accepting nothing but a win against their biggest rival, sophomore Christina Freiberger sent the ball into sophomore Steph DeSantis, who beat a defender, and finessed the ball around the goalie  into the corner of the net to take the lead. With about 10 minutes left on the clock both teams hustled and dug up the muddy fields, but the Mustangs were not able to beat out the Rebel’s defense. The whistle blew to end the game and the Rebels ran into a huddle to celebrate their success. After the two teams shook hands, roses were passed out to the seniors by the coaches and other players on the team, in thanks for the seniors commitment to the soccer program.  Although they were not in the tournament themselves, the Rebels were able to keep their biggest rival out of the tournament.  Feeling a great satisfaction in this, the Rebels were happy that they were able to end their season on a high note and keep smiles on the seniors faces because to them, this was a game to remember.