Girl’s soccer has had an amazing 2014 season, with a conference record of 10-1-2, and an overall season record of 12-3-2. Coach Jorge Rojas attributes their success to the team’s positive attitudes. “This season it has been very fun to coach the team” said Rojas. “It’s nice to watch the girls play more freely and with a smile on their face.”
Rojas had minor critiques on the team’s performance, but stressed the need of a goalkeeper to train and depend on for future seasons. Despite the issues regarding goalies for the varsity team, the Whalers still saw success in this year’s Vineyard game, earning a crushing victory of 4-0 over the island rivals. To prepare differently to face the Vineyard during homecoming this year, Rojas put less pressure on the girls, trusting that they would perform to the best of their abilities.
Veteran players mentioned the importance of a strong team dynamic, which has led to close friendships on and off the field. “I just wanted to make sure everyone had fun and felt comfortable this year, especially the freshmen” said captain Olivia Slade. “We do a lot of team dinners, team breakfasts, always commenting on people’s instagrams, snapchatting, and just joking around.”
Slade’s thoughts were supported by captain Claire Mackay, who went on to say, “I think we’re coming really well together as a team, and compared to last season we’ve grown a lot.”
Looking forward to playoffs, the Lady Whalers aimed to have at least two or three games this year, as the team record has only been two games in playoff season. Unfortunately the team fell to Hull in the first round of playoffs. The Whalers played a head-to-head, nail-biting game. At the end of regular play, the score was 1-1. The two teams faced off for two rounds of sudden death overtime play, with neither team able to get a shot behind the other teams goalies. This led to a shoot-off, in which five Nantucket and five Pirate players faced off. Each team was able to get 3 shots off, with Nora MacLellan, MacKay and Kate Daniels all making shots. This tie led to another round of shots, this one being a sudden death style shoot-off. Unfortunately, a Hull player was able to get a shot in the net and the Whalers were not. This meant a victory for Hull, and the end of the season for the Whalers.
With the end of this season means the loss of the two seniors on the team, Slade and Mia Silverio. Despite this loss, there will be 13 seniors on the team next year to make up for the deficit.