The women’s soccer team has advanced to the Division II Sectional finals and will face fellow GGCL opponent Carroll on Monday, October 24.
Following a bye, the Eagles (2-13) secured a spot in round three of the playoffs Thursday night with a 2-1 win over the Central Buckeye Conference champs of Tippecanoe High School. The victory marks the fourth consecutive tournament-opening win for members of the Class of 2012.
Despite disappointing regular season results, CJ's 10 seniors have experienced much better success, and seem to put it all together, during postseason play. Led this year by team captains Camille Dickens, Schaudon Herd and Jordan Yaney, the girls own a combined six tournament wins—including 2 overtime thrillers—since their freshman season in 2008.
“We’ve had a tough season, but it all starts over now,” said Herd, senior goalkeeper. The team’s fresh postseason start is aided this year by divisional realignment that appropriately bumped the Eagles down to Division II. Competing with schools of similar size, coupled with the April hiring of first-year Eagles head coach Roy Craig, has helped brighten the girls’ outlook.
“This season has been a transition year, but things are looking up for the future of the program,” Dickens said. Highlights during the 2011 campaign include two shut-out wins over GGCL Central teams, a 0-0 tie against Division I Northmont, and close games with Alter and Caroll.
The Eagles will try to avenge a 2-1 September loss to the Patriots in a playoff rematch Monday.
MARKED BY TRADITION
The varsity women’s soccer players have adopted a new team motto this year and it is evident—literally. Along with longtime traditions of praying together before games and partnering with a buddy on the JV team, one pre-game ritual now includes applying magic marker “tattoos” of the acronym P.F.E.O.
P.F.E.O, short for Playing For Each Other explained Jordan Yaney, has come to symbolize the Eagles new slogan for success, and teammates are carrying it with them everywhere on hands and arms. Yaney said the inked artwork is a fun, unique way for teammates to show support for one another.
MEN’S SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL
The men's soccer team will take on Monroe this Saturday, October 22 in the second round of the Division II tournament at 7 p.m. at Fairmont High School. Tickets are also $6 and will be available only at the gate.