Season wrap up: Fall sports make way for winter

Haley Kyger, Sports Editor

Women’s Volleyball

After the team played their last game on Oct. 23, they had a final record of 7-10. According to coach Greg Cullison, “our games against Chapelgate in the playoffs and MD School for the Deaf were the best that we played all season.”

The team’s main goal this season was to “be competitive in the A conference,” but as the season progressed, Cullison said, “I don’t believe we had the level of commitment and intensity that is required to be successful at that level. It’s something that we must instill.”

As the season comes to a close, Cullison is already anticipating next year. “We will need a greater commitment from players to compete in the A conference. We need people who want to be volleyball players instead of people who play volleyball.”

 

Men’s Volleyball

Even though the team had a losing season of 0-16, their “best game” was against Archbishop Curly, which was also their final game. “The best game was against Curley because it went to a five game set for varsity, and even though they lost, it showed that the team had improved over the season,” coach Shane Lawler said.

Of the two goals Lawler had for the team, only one of them was achieved. “Our first goal was to win at least one game and they didn’t. Our second goal was also to have fun and improve. The team did and worked hard,” Lawler said.

Even though the team came out of the season not winning a game, “they learned how to handle losing and keep their spirits up,” Lawler said. “It’s hard to come out of an 0-16 season, it’s hard to be positive, but this was still a memorable season because the kids learned a lot.”

 

Women’s Soccer

After the women’s varsity soccer team played their final game, their record was 10-7-1. According to captain junior Sophie Centi, the team’s best game was the second time they played Archbishop Spalding and beat them 1-0 in overtime. This was the first time they beat them in six years. “We played hard and had high intensity that game,” Centi said.

From the beginning of the season, the team’s goals were to “do the best we could and improve as the season went on,” Centi said. According to Centi, the team’s goals were achieved and reaching the semi-final game during the playoffs attributed to achieving their goals as well.

“The season went good overall. I wish we won our out of conference games that were against teams that were in the county, but the team is always a lot of fun,” Centi said. “I definitely look forward to another good year.”

 

 

Men’s Soccer

The men’s varsity soccer team ended the season with a record of 3-13-1. Although they did not have a winning season, soccer coach James Fendryk remains positive about the outcome.

“In the early county games we fought really hard to come from behind twice. Once we got to the league we did not carry over the winning momentum, but a lot of the games were overtime games,” Fendryk said.

In their best game of the season against McDonogh on Oct. 23, the offense and the defense came together. According to Fendryk, “one of the top teams in the nation was not able to break us down, and I don’t think we got the credit we deserve in that game. We had so many chances to win it, and we let up a goal in the last couple minutes of the last overtime.”

They were a strong defensive team, with offense and scoring being their biggest team issue.The players were committed and willing to work hard to be able to compete in the games this season, taking the top three teams in the league into over-time games.

“I want people to know that when they are playing John Carroll, it will be a tough game. It will not be a walk in the park and it will not be easy as it has been,” Fendryk said.

 

Women’s Cross Country

Women’s cross country had a “very strong team,” according to coach Robert Torres. “Our team was really good, but the league was very strong,” Torres said.

Their final record was 2-5, with them also placing fifth at championships. “We wanted to win championships, but we had to get the best out of what we had,” Torres said.

Overall, Torres said, “the season went really well as far as the development of what we had.” He is “proud of how they did,” and he is “looking forward to next season.”

Haley Kyger is a Sports Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.