The first half of the game was incredible. CDS played together as a team like they’ve never played before. They were completing passes, completing overlaps, using footwork skills, moving the ball forward--everything they’d been working on in practice! They got two quick goals in the first half, one at the top of the 18 by captain and junior Hyewon Hong, and the other by junior Annie Jho. Coach Laders and Coach Morris barely spoke on the sidelines as they watched their team dominate the field, having most of the game be played in Kent’s half. The second half resulted in CDS conceding a goal, but the end score was 2-1 with CDS being the victors.
The energy among the team was a buzz, as the girls looked ahead at the day’s schedule. Questions of, “When do we play again? Who do we play next?!” were heard all around. Crosstown rivals Dwight International School would be up next and when junior and captain Kyungmin Park heard this, she responded, “Yes, let’s do this.” Her confidence spread through the team and the girls were ready to play.
The Dwight game started off with a bang and you could see the confidence throughout the team growing after a quick early goal in the first half by junior Annie Jho. CDS was first to the ball for the 50/50 balls, and sophomore Sophia Jung did an incredible job covering one of Dwight’s best players, almost making her invisible on the field. Other shoutouts go to junior Hoyeon Cho who was solid in the back and continued to make amazing, smart plays. Sophomore SeEun Kim also played an amazing game, continuously stepping in front of Dwight players to get the ball away from them, and not letting the ball bounce. Unfortunately in the second half, CDS conceded a goal which resulted in a 1-1 tie at the end of the game. After overtime, it was still tied and the girls went into PKs. CDS had never practiced PKs before, but had practiced target shooting, so both Coaches were confident in the skills of their lineup. Because of the amazing keeper skills of junior and captain Kyungmin Park, CDS only needed to send three girls to shoot, and Hyewon Hong, Chaeyeon Kang, and Youjin Lee all made their shots with ease! The girls beat Dwight International School and were headed to the championships!
They had a nice long break of two games after this, and the Coaches made sure no one had anything too heavy for their final game against ICS-U. ICS-U had only played one game that morning, while this last game would be our third. The Coaches took the girls on a walk before their game to clear their heads and get a nice change of scenery. During the walk Coach Laders asked the girls if they wanted to win and was surprised when she was met with enthusiastic cheers of “Yes! Of course! Why would you even ask that?! We need to prove to Mr. Harrison that we can do this!” Both Coach Morris and Coach Laders knew they were ready.
The girls started off the game again with a quick goal by captain and junior Hyewon Hong and their confidence skyrocketed! Victory was in reach! They battled it out and were well matched against ICS-U, ending the first half 1-0. The second half the game slowed down a bit, and you could tell that all were exhausted after a long day! Captain Hyewon scored early in the second half and CDS just needed to hold off until the end of the game! Toward the end ICS-U had a few opportunities, scoring during one of them which made for a nervous final 6 minutes! But CDS held out and the final score was 2-1. They had won first place! It was an incredible way to end the season, and the girls were overwhelmed with joy!
During the awards ceremony, CDS won the sportsmanship award and junior and captain Hyewon Hong won the MVP award for the tournament. As the coaches were choosing girls for the all conference and all tournament teams, Coach Laders and Coach Morris had a difficult time choosing girls, as every one of them played their heart out. The all conference team member was junior and captain Hyewon Hong. The all tournament team members were Sophia Jung, Annie Jho, Hyewon Hong, Hoyeon Cho, Kyungmin Park, and Yihyun Joo. Thanks so much to everyone who supported us this season, and we look forward to a repeat championship season next year!