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Freshman power

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By Steve Smith

The phrase “youth will be served” seems to be holding true for the Prairie View girls soccer team in the early stages of the season.

The ThunderHawks won their first three games of the season, including a 2-0, home-field decision against Pomona March 16. It marked the first time in school history that the ThunderHawks won their three opening games of a girls soccer season.

Eighteen members of the roster are in either ninth or 10th grade.

“Last year’s team had a lot of heart. We were in every game. We lost eight games, and six of them were by one goal,” PVHS coach Jason Oulman said. “This year, we’re working the same amount. But we have more seasoning and skill. Our sophomores have taken a huge leap in terms of their mistakes. They play smarter. They look for each other quicker.”

Two freshmen, Alycia Vigil and Nicolette Kitchens, scored the goals against the Panthers.

“We hope to keep this streak,” Kitchens said. “We want to make the playoffs. We have a really good bond as a team. We get along really well. I don’t think it’ll ever stop. It’s a lot of fun to play. Everyone makes the freshmen feel like a part of the team. We’re all one big group.”

“We added freshmen who have some of the best skill on our team, and we added them in the exact spot where we needed skill, center mid (center midfielders),” Oulman said. “They fit in. They don’t do things on their own. They want to be a part of it rather than be it. We’ve grown up.”

Kitchens scored in the 31st minute of the game. Vigil’s tally was in the 58th minute and came off a bad clearing pass deep in the Panthers’ zone.

“It was the work of all my teammates,” Kitchens said. “Some of my teammates went up to the goalie, and I just had the finishing shot. They just played the ball in the air, and it went in.”

“We trusted each other. We made a quick choice to get it to someone else’s feet, and they made a quick choice to get it into space to someone who was making a run they should have made. All we have to do is finish more. ”

PVHS plays at Aurora Central at at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 23, the last game before spring break.

“I’ve never had a team that plays so supportively. Even when they are pissed at each other or things aren’t going our way, they do everything for each other. It’s so much fun watching them.”

 

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