Varsity soccer to raise awareness, money for breast cancer in annual game
SYDNEY KELLER ’14 | Staff Writer
Girls varsity soccer kicks for a cure!
On Friday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m., girls varsity soccer will compete against North in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game at North, captain Charlotte Burns ’12 said.
North and South have been holding the Breast Cancer Awareness game for the past two years, head coach Gene Harkins said.
“This will be their third year,” said Harkins. “We had done one before, but this one was started off (by the previous head coach Jen Nadeau) at North. She’s the one that organized it with the parents.”
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $3. T-shirts are for sale in the main hallway this week with proceeds going to the Van Elslander Cancer Center, Chelsea Marsh ’13 said. Last year this event donated over $1,000 to the center, team parent Janet Ventimiglia said in an email.
For the game, South and North will wear special t-shirts, Marsh said.
“We’ll probably wear our normal shorts that we wear for games and then we made t-shirts. The freshman coach has a t-shirt company and we made breast cancer shirts for the game,” said Marsh.
This will be the team’s second match against North this season, Burns said.
“I’m hoping we can come out strong against North. It has always been really close when we have played them and in the first game we played them this year we tied,” said Burns. “I know we are a better team, but our nerves control us a lot more when we play them, so I hope we can play how we usually do.”
South will play two more away matches against L’Anse Creuse North and Detroit Country Day on May 21 at 4 p.m. and May 24 at 7 p.m., Harkins said.
“We have done great so far this season. We have only lost one game to the top team, Eisenhower, and the score was 2-1 but it was the best game we have played so far,” said Burns.
The loss was also came after losing two of their starting defenders, Meg Galea ’12 and Deedee Burns ’14, to season-ending injuries.
“We have two players taking their positions who have been doing really well,” Burns said. “Eisenhower is our top competition and South hasn’t beaten them since 2006, so that is what we aim to do every year.”
The team will compete in districts the following week and they hope to make it as far as they did last year, Burns said.
“I expect to win districts because I know we are better than all the teams we will be playing,” said Burns, “it just depends on if we can continue to play our game and score goals. Last year we made it to the state semifinals so our goal is to repeat that.”