It’s been a difficult start to the season for the Chapelgate Christian Academy girls soccer team.
After losing 9-0 to IAAM B Conference foe IND on Thursday, the Yellowjackets were disappointed in the result, but still optimistic regarding the future.
“We’re a young team, and we have a lot of potential,” said coach Christen Gjeldum. “Different girls are still learning the game of soccer, but they are improving and making some strides.”
According to Lydia Frierson, Chapelgate’s top scorer and senior captain, the Yellowjackets are still in a better position now than they were in 2012, even with the new players on the roster.
“This year, we are definitely better,” she said. “We have nine freshmen. It’s kind of like we are starting fresh.”
Following the loss, the Yellowjackets fell to 2-3-2 overall, and 0-3-2 in league play.
Moving forward, Frierson — who led all Howard County high schools in scoring last year — said that other conference teams shouldn’t overlook the Yellowjackets, regardless of their record.
“We can surprise people,” she said. “I think we will make a run in the playoffs.”
Frierson said there were still some things the team can take from such a lopsided defeat.
“One thing that we need to work on is our intensity,” Frierson added. “I think people look to the seniors and the captains on the team to provide the energy. But it also takes freshmen to step up too.”
Keeper Katherine Cameron was responsible for seven of the nine goals allowed before Jessi Kinsey replaced her. Cameron had 15 saves in the net.
The Yellowjackets are back in action Tuesday, Oct. 1 at St. Paul’s.
According to Frierson, Chapelgate's girls soccer team can achieve success, as long as her teammates have the right mindset going forward.
“We need to get that mentality that we can win, and we’re not going to lose,” she said.
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