After making it to the final four the last two years and failing to return back home with a state title, the 2019 class of seniors are looking to lead the Lady Titans soccer team to bringing home another state title for the trophy case..
This year, the Lady Titans had four players return from their state finalist team last year. Those four said they are looking to repeat the success from last year, with their own twist.
“This is the first time that we’ve had freshman make varsity, like right at the beginning [of the season],” senior Kylie Mathis said.
The seniors said that they have made it their duty to make the freshmen more comfortable around the rest of the team.
“We try to focus more on family because last year, it was like the seniors and then all the underclassmen were together,” senior Abigail Hill said. “This year, we’re like, we’re big on inclusion.”
Two years ago, the Lady Titans lost in the state semifinals and finished third. Last year, they finished second at state.
“This year, it’s meant to be. You know, 3-2-1. That’s been our slogan for this year,” Hill said.
If the Lady Titans are able to win this Saturday, they will find themselves in the same place they did last year. A win this year will finish off the 3-2-1 slogan, 3rd place at state in 2017, second in 2018 and possibly first this year to complete their slogan.
However, sophomore Megan Barr said she believes that the team just needs to stay humble.
“Don’t overlook any team. Any team can surprise you and beat you,” Barr said.
Having lost so many seniors last year, 10, Mathis is impressed. “I think it’s just exciting now because no one thought we’d ever make it this far. So now, we’re just kind of proving everybody wrong,” Mathis said.
“Shake and bake,” Barr said
The lady Titans finished their season taking third at state after falling to Nerinx Hall in the semifinals 2-1 and winning the third place match 2-0 versus Francis Howell.