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The girls varsity soccer team kicks off the 2023 season

Girls JV and Varsity team
Girls JV and Varsity team

Please note, an earlier version of this article named Coach Lauren Wilson as Lauren Caminati, and included an incorrect record of 6-11-1 from last year. The record from last year is 8-10-1.

After Solon High School’s girls varsity soccer team went 8-10-1 and were ranked #170 in the state last season, the girls season has started up again.

The team recently beat Stow-Munroe Falls 4-0 on Sep. 6. The team currently holds a 5-1 record, only losing to Bay Village High School 7-2.

The team held this season’s tryouts on July 31. The varsity roster consists of 14 girls and an additional five players that play both JV and varsity.

Head soccer coach Lauren Wilson said that she is excited for this upcoming season.

“The girls work hard all summer long training, conditioning and we [have] had several practices throughout the summer,” Wilson said. “This also included a team camp that Case Western Reserve ran.”

SHS sophomore Sophia Ryan is starting her second varsity season this year.

“We’ve only had a few games but we have been doing a lot better [this season],” Ryan said. “I think we just have more connection and chemistry this year.”

The team worked on bonding and skills over the summer.

“We attended a low ropes and high rope course at Kent State University for team building,” Wilson said. “We are also playing different formations on the field based on our talent this year and what we need to break down the opponent.”

The soccer team after their first win of the season where they beat Madison 3-0.

SHS senior Lauren Haversitck took a year off last season in order to focus on lacrosse but came back to play her senior season.

“Really, it’s just a lot of mental preparation,” Haverstick said. “We physically prepare ourselves every single week. We had a pretty intense summer and we have intense training sometimes. It’s just about taking the extra step.”

SHS senior Ella Ryan is playing her third and final varsity season of her career. Ryan doesn’t plan to continue her career on a collegiate level.

“[It] will be bittersweet, considering I’ve played soccer for as long as I can remember,” Ryan said.

Haverstick states she feels very confident about this season.

“We have a really good group of girls,” Haverstick said. “We just need to be able to close off the games how we want to.”

Although the girls have lost one of their games this season, Wilson states that Bay Village, the team they lost to, is state ranked.

“The team is off to a great start,” Wilson said. “The girls are laser focused and the seniors have shown great leadership. We are excited to be a part of a new conference, the Suburban League. “

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