Girls Soccer Competes in Senior Night


Girls varsity soccer seniors (Photos/ Will Clarke)

Kathryn Maclean, Sports Editor

On Friday, Oct. 29, the girls soccer team finally celebrated their senior night on Turco Field after being postponed twice due to severe rain and wind conditions earlier in the week. They faced Wellesley in a 7:00 p.m match, the game resulting in a 3-1 loss for Walpole.

Seniors Skylar Conrad and Catie Powderly, who were injured and could not play during the season, were able to lead the kickoff and start the game. Conrad, recovering from an ACL injury, passed the ball back to Powderly in net, whose shoulder was dislocated in the first game of the season. The parents and fans cheered to see the two players step on the field for a final game.

“It was cool to be back on the field again,” said Conrad. “Even though it was pretty short-lived, Catie and I have been watching from the sidelines this whole season so we were happy to be able to start off the game with the rest of the seniors.”

Walpole conceded their first goal early in the game after Wellesley’s offense stole the ball high up the field from Walpole’ defenders, causing a breakaway. They dribbled around the goalie Izzy Taylor and scored to make the game 1-0 in the first 15 minutes. They scored again later in the half off a cross sent from their left winger to their striker in front of the goal. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced high over Taylor’s arms, finished by a header goal into the top corner of the net. The score at halftime was 2-0, Wellesley.

Walpole was able to get one back before the game ended from a free kick. Defender Veronica Bock took the kick, leading to another header goal by Sophie St. George as the ball came across the box. Halfway through the second half, the score was 2-1, Wellesley. Wellesley managed to score one more time with fifteen minutes left in the game. The ball bobbled in front of the goal, deflecting off of one of Walpole’s players and ending up in the back of the net. The ref blew the whistle to signify the end of the game, ending Walpole’s senior night as a 3-1 loss.

“Of course it’s disappointing to lose on a night like tonight,” said captain St. George. “But our heads are still high because we’ve learned and progressed so much as a team these past four years and we’re just happy to be together celebrating.”

Girls celebrate goal against Wellesley. (Photos/ Will Clarke)