The DHS soccer team has been kicking and screaming – screaming “Victory,” that is! After their most recent 2-1 win against Benjamin Franklin High School on Monday Jan. 30, DHS has brought their record to 20-3-4.
The soccer team celebrated senior night in style, with goals from senior Marcelle Kepper, attacking midfielder, and sophomore Lizzie Algero, defensive midfielder.
With only three losses and four ties, the soccer team’s state ranking has jumped to 6th. Their successful record shows the team is playing well with the potential to make it to the state round.
Because of their top 8 finish in the regular season, DHS has earned a bye for the first round of the playoffs. They will meet Dutchtown High School in the second round.
On Saturday, Jan 28, DHS tied number 3 ranked MCA 0-0 in a back and forth game, bringing their district record to 4-0-1 and naming them district runner-up for the 2016-2017 season.
Chasing redemption from last season and a state title, the team is powering through the competition.
This recent victory followed district wins over John Ehret High School, Chalmette High School, Archbishop Chapelle High School and Grace King School among several others, including Bonnabel High School, Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph’s Academy and Metairie Park Country Day.
The team’s success is a product of not only hard work but team work. By sticking to the four ingredients of the season – family, dedication, respect, and redemption – the team is smashing its goals according to Mr. Al Silvas, head coach.
“It’s really fortunate that we’re so close as a team,” said senior Olivia Finger. “At the end of the day, we are playing for one another, and we just want success for one another.”
And success is what they’re getting. Their 20 wins and number 6 ranking puts them in good shape for the upcoming matches. Their work is not over, however.
Mr. Silvas is confident in the team’s ability to be successful in the playoffs. As long as the team continues to stay connected, dedicated and respectful to their soccer family while still maintaining their focus on playing as well as they have, the team has a good shot in the playoff rounds.
Follow DHS as they take on the competition in the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls’ Soccer State Championship playoffs in their first match on Feb. 7.
– Jailyn Heisser