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High school girls soccer

Despite fewer players, Lion jayvees earn valuable experience

Young Belfast group finishes 1-5-1 with nine regular players
By Staff | Nov 20, 2019

Belfast — Though it had barely enough players to field a complete squad, the Belfast Area High School girls junior varsity soccer team was able to scrape together seven matches in 2019, as the nine players logged many minutes and, at the same time, valuable experience for the future.

Led by coach Kali McCarthy, the Lions prowled to a 1-5-1 record. Despite the five losses, McCarthy said “the majority of the games were close matches, decided by one goal.

Team members included Naomi Agbuya, Adria Barrows, Iris Carpenter, Luna Carlson, Stella Collins, Kaylee Dodd, Phoebe Hall-Arnett, Alexia Hopkins and Romy Lafage.

With only nine players, a few varsity student-athletes swung down match to match to give the jayvees 11 players to field an official team.

Hall-Arnett, Waldron and Hamlin scored for the Lions, while Collins “was amazing in goal for the season.”

“We were only able to play seven games, which was half of the original scheduled matches, due to lack of other teams, weather, darkness and schedule changes,” said McCarthy. “The highlight of the season was the awesome attitudes and work ethic of all the players. [I’m] already looking forward to next season.”

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