Warriors slow down Redhawks in start to district soccer

Aaron Boehmer, Sports Editor

Taking on the Memorial Warriors Friday night at The Star, the Redhawks’ soccer programs took flight in their District 9-5A seasons with the girls falling 2-1 and the boys coming home with a close 1-1 tie.

“I felt it oscillated a lot between high and low points,” head girls’ soccer coach Elizabeth Mokler said. “We outplayed and possessed and outshot our opponent, but I think we got a little outworked and they were just able to capitalize on those few moments.”

No matter the result of the game, senior Melissa Rondinelli remains hopeful for the next chance the team has to defeat the Warriors.

“It was our first game, so we’re kind of still getting into things,” Rondinelli said. “We’re gonna play them again and next time, we can beat them.”

Following the girls’ loss, the boys’ team came close to starting district play with a win.

“We played pretty well, we had some issues finishing but other than that, most of the players played really hard,” head boys’ soccer coach Fred Kaiser said. “If we could’ve finish, we would have hammered them by four or five.”

Despite a slow start, senior Justin Parri believes the team quickly got into the flow of the match.

“I felt that we started off a little flat footed, but as the game went on we started to find our rhythm,” Parri said. “It was just unfortunate that we couldn’t find the last goal.”