After earning the third seed in the NEPSAC Class D Tournament, Brimmer and May Varsity Girls Soccer wrapped up its Independent Girls Conference season at the championship game last Wednesday, November 4.
“It’s a funny thing because it always feels great to make a championship game, but losing can sometimes make the season feel like it wasn’t successful,” says Head Coach Brian Purcell, adding that he and Assistant Coach Kyla Graves “are so proud of the girls’ efforts, and this season was incredible.”
Though they lost the championship, the loss does not reflect the performance of the team as they hold an outstanding record of 13 wins, two losses, and one tie—besting last year’s record.
Lead scorer Shani Breiman ’18 says, “I think the season went really well. We underestimated ourselves but as we started to beat high quality teams, we understood what we were capable of.”
“While there is no question that the team has a lot of skill and ability, that doesn’t mean anything if members of the team don’t support each other, especially when something negative happens like giving up a goal,” says Purcell. “Every player supported each other, and this allowed the team’s confidence to grow and resulted in a successful season.”
The team triumphed over competitors like The Landmark School, defeating them 11-0. The squad also beat Gann Academy, defeating them twice without conceding a goal. The team earned multiple impressive scores to solidify their dominance in the league.
Players also worked a lot in practice on improving basic skills and tactical awareness. Communication improved and they became more comfortable trying new moves and making smart runs during the games.
This season, the girls outscored every previous varsity girls soccer team in School history. As well as team accomplishments, Breiman also entered the record books by scoring an astonishing 51 goals in 16 games—and hitting the back of the net at least once every time she laced up. To offer some additional perspective, that averages to a hattrick a game.
The team scored a record of 96 goals this season.
“While we will definitely miss the seniors and their leadership, the girls coming back will definitely be motivated to get back to the final game and hopefully come away with a win,” Purcell said.
This team possesses the skill and dedication that any team needs to succeed, and the players serve as an excellent model for athleticism and motivation.
The Gator wishes the team the best of luck as players continue to showcase diverse talents in the prestigious NEPSAC tournament. Come support the team tomorrow as they take on Tilton Academy at Pine Manor. Kick off is at 2:00 p.m. Go Gators!