Outscoring their opponents 115 to 23, the Lady Vikes had a season to remember. The Lady Vikes worked vigorously this fall, honing their skills with tackles, nutmegs, rainbows, passes, and volleys. “We practiced like we played. And that’s hard,” says senior Jillian Adler. “We didn’t show any mercy towards one another at practice, but afterwards we all returned to being good friends. That’s why I think we have been successful.”
For the soccer team, a major highlight was its win over Bexley. This was the first time the Academy girls soccer team beat Bexley since a girls soccer program was introduced to the school. History was made that night, and their excitement was deservedly high. “Did we think we could do it? Yes,” said senior captain Erin Simmons. “We made history that night by doing something that hasn’t been done before. And that’s something we all will look back on.”The Lady Vikes continued to win the next 9/10 games of the regular season after the history-setting night. The post- season looked very hopeful for the team as they rolled over Tree Of Life, Johnstown, and Bishop Ready. These three wins led them to secure a district medal. But their momentum wasn’t strong enough to overcome Bishop Fenwick. After a slow start, the Lady Vikes fell to Bishop Fenwick 2-6. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t pull it out,” Simmons said. “It had to end somewhere and, unfortunately, it had to end here. We normally come out strong, but they just came out stronger.”
The team can easily be proclaimed as one of the best girls soccer teams Columbus Academy has ever had. Finishing with a record of 17-2-1, the Lady Vikes will go down in school history. Though the season was cut short, returning members are very optimistic for next year’s season.
Written by Aakaash Paladugu’13. Photos by Elliot Nick’14