Dominican Soccer Takes the Field

Rain or shine. Hot or cold.

Weather is not a problem for the Dominican soccer team.  

Through harsh winds and cold practices, the hard work is surely paying off. The team has kicked off the season with victories, scoring 4-0 against Destrehan High School at their scrimmage game, 8-0 against Bonnabel High School at their district game and another 8-0 against L.W. Higgins High School in November. 

During an intense game in November, freshmen Madison Trauth, center midfielder, heads the ball against Mandeville High School. Though DHS fell to the Skippers in this close 0-1 match, the team goes into January with a winning record.

“Continuing to train hard and putting that work into games are helping the team improve,”said Mr. Al Silvas, soccer coach.

Continuing their winning trend, the team successfully scored 8-1 against Fountainebleu High School and a 2-0 against E.D. White. Senior Olivia Singleton, co-captain center forward, scored both goals against E.D. White.

With such a great start to the season, Singleton is excited for the year. Because she’s been on varsity for five years, “this team means a lot and has taught me to be a leader,” said Singleton. “I’ve learned to play the game, but also to teach the game.”  

Congratulating seniors Bella Cordoba and Olivia Singleton on their signings on Nov. 14, the soccer team huddles around them in support. “My family, coaches and teammates have helped me along this journey,” said Singleton.”This team means so much.”

With years of hard work and dedication under her belt, Singleton has signed with Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne to pursue her soccer career in college. “It’s definitely emotional, since this is my last year. Giving your all to a sport definitely takes a piece of your heart,” said Singleton.

Along with Singleton, senior Bella Cordoba, co-captain and attacking midfielder, has signed to continue her playing career at Louisiana Tech in Ruston.

“It’s one of my biggest goals in my life that I’ve finally accomplished,” Cordoba said. “It makes me happy to know that all my hard work has paid off.”

As the season progresses, DHS soccer players have one goal in their mind.”Our team has a board where we write our goals, and our main one is district championships,” said Singleton.

A personal goal defender Molly Walter, junior, strives to accomplish is becoming a better soccer player overall. “I’m striving to be a better teammate and a better friend,” said Walter. “I hope to become closer to the underclassmen as I approach my senior year.”

The soccer team has had a successful start to the season as it continues throughout winter. “There’s been a little more focus so far than last year. We’re going to continue to get better each and every game,” said Mr. Silvas. “Team unity has definitely started out strong.”

  • Jade Nguyen