In their first game of the season, the girls’ soccer team lost, 2-1, against Cornerstone Christian on Tuesday, March 2.

Sophomore Natalie Brown made one goal on a penalty kick, which she was awarded after being tripped.

Cornerstone Christian’s coach nearly received a red card for accusing the referee of unfair calls and threatening to get him fired.

This was Cornerstone Christian’s third game of the season and, according to Brown, the players were more experienced.

“The players on their team could dribble and strike the ball well, unlike us,” Brown said. “But we played hard to make up for our lack of skill.”

For the rest of the season, practicing defensive skills to clear the ball to the outsides will be key, Brown said.

“Don’t get me wrong, though; our defense and offense are strong,” she said. “We just need to be smart when we defend. We have opportunities to score. We just need to be calm and finish on those opportunities.”

The girls were a little short-handed, since freshman Evann Rudek, as well as juniors Julia Owaidat, Aidan Galati and Jenny Kerbs, could not attend the match due to illness.

Freshman Lea Gorny said that she was not discouraged by the loss and hopes to work on her corner kicks in practices before playing Cornerstone Christian again on March 10.

The Cavs’ next game will be Friday, March 6, at home against Sacramento Waldorf at 4 p.m.

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