Women’s soccer team looks for successful season

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Michael McKee, Staff Reporter

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The Revere High School women’s soccer team hopes to succeed in the Suburban League with a healthy combination of veteran starters and young talent.

In the past 5 years, the team has won the Suburban League conference twice. In the postseason playoffs, the team has been the District champions once and been District runner-ups twice. Off the field, the team has received the All-Team Academic Award for all five years that head coach Dave Howson has been coaching.

Head coach of the women’s soccer team Howson plans on winning the Suburban League conference and District championship with strong senior leadership by team captains Alexa Langenfeld, Audrey Harding and Bailey Jursik.

“We have a group of seven seniors on the team and their leadership is invaluable. They have lots of experience and share this to help the rest of the squad. In the future, the rest of the girls will benefit from having played with these seniors, but they will definitely be a big loss for our team [when they graduate],” Howson said.

Howson discussed progress towards that goals that the girls had set from the beginning of the season..

“We have already beaten Highland and Copley in the Suburban League, so as long as we continue to win our remaining conference games, we will win our first conference title in four years,” Howson said.

The team has six new freshmen on the squad overall this year. Howson discussed the contributions the freshman have added.

“The freshmen’s effort and attitude are outstanding, and we are really happy that they are a part of our team,” Howson said.

Senior captain Alexa Langenfeld, center midfielder on the team, has started on the Varsity team since her freshman year and has been playing soccer since second grade. She explained that Audrey and herself both started their freshman year and are now in their senior year. Langenfeld described how her high school soccer career has been unique and fulfilling.

“Whenever I step on the field I just get an adrenaline rush because it’s just something that I love and playing under the lights especially with the crowd cheering you on, it’s just a feeling you don’t get anywhere else,” Langenfeld said.

Senior captain Harding, attacking mid on the team has been playing soccer since kindergarten along with travel soccer in middle school. Harding will be playing soccer in college for the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Harding described the uniqueness of high school soccer.

“High school soccer is very high pace and more interactive and more competitive, I think there is more aggressiveness too so it is like all of that combined and just makes it something that you want to watch,” Harding said.

Senior captain Bailey Jursik, sweeper on the team, has played soccer all four years of high school. Jursik believes she is a strong leader and a big voice on the team who is always willing to give feedback to the team. Jursik described student support for the team.

“I appreciate all that support us, although I do wish our support system was a bit larger. It’d be great to get a student section like the men’s team has. I think keeping our streak will lengthen the support,” Jursik said.

The team’s current record is 9-0-1. The team’s seniors are Ally Charara, Harding, Katie Jarvis, Jursik, Langenfeld, Courtney McClellan, and Natalie Revesz. The girl’s next game is away at Green High School on October 3.

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