The girls varsity soccer team defeated Taft 3-1 on Saturday evening in front of a loud and large Taft student section, improving the Pelicans’ record to four wins and one loss on the season.
Despite the Taft fans’ best efforts, the Pelicans started the game unbothered and took control early, creating several quality opportunities minutes into the game. They eventually broke through when junior Grace Johnson found the back of the net off of a rebound from a free kick opportunity from junior Kirsten Lees.
Six minutes later freshman Emma Gregorski scored a goal with her left foot after an impressive individual effort in which she dribbled past three Taft defenders, fought off a slide tackle, and launched the ball past the outstretched Taft goalkeeper’s hands.
Taft responded in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring a goal off of a beautiful set piece. Loomis Chaffee senior captain and goalkeeper Cally Dixon, along with junior captain Sofia Preuss, steadied the team and locked down the defensive end after that. The game remained 2-1 until freshman Alex Rhodes scored a beautiful goal built from an incredible passing sequence, sealing the game for the Pelicans with just under two minutes left to play.
The Pelicans return to campus for a home game against Kingswood Oxford at 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, on Barton Field.