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Women’s soccer finishes the season strong

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Hailey Stone pursues the ball against Harnett Central High.

Hailey Stone pursues the ball against Harnett Central High.

Staff Photo by Chase Cofield

Staff Photo by Chase Cofield

Hailey Stone pursues the ball against Harnett Central High.

Brendan Fusik, Sports Editor

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The Wakefield Women’s Soccer had a year to remember. The girls won the CAP 8 conference without a single loss and were ranked by MaxPreps to be the number one girl’s soccer team in the nation. The three seniors, Meghan O’Ferral, Halee Enderle, and Christina McCartney, led the rest of their team through positive thinking and hard work alongside Sophomore Tori Hansen, a strong D-1 recruit. The team lost in their second playoff game to Middle Creek but the best team doesn’t always win. Christina McCartney, a senior captain remembers the season very favorably.

“My favorite part of the season was the bus rides to and from games and enjoying all the wins we had,” McCartney said. “It’s been a great season.”

McCartney was happy seeing how well her teammates got along, something that changed from last year.

“This year the team chemistry improved tremendously from the past years because we focused on putting the team first. Any problems outside of soccer we left behind us when we stepped on the field,” McCartney said.

Meghan O’Ferral also felt passionately about this year and her team’s success.

“I think the most exciting games we’ve played were against Leesville and Millbrook because they were our toughest competition and everyone played their hardest,” O’Ferral said. “It was exciting to see the outcomes of the games.”

O’Ferral didn’t ever guess the team would do as well as they did. They were undefeated all year and ranked number one in the nation.

“I didn’t expect us to be undefeated or number one in the nation,” O’Ferral said. “I knew we were going to be good, but I didn’t expect us to be that good.”

As much as she thinks highly of her team, she had some play-off worries.

“I think our biggest challenge to face in play-offs would be Green Hope because they are also a really strong team that is undefeated as well,” O’Ferral said.

Sophomore Tori Hansen, a D1 recruit and national team player, had a season to remember.

It was a great season but an unfortunate way to end,” Hansen said. “My favorite moments were the bus rides.”

Coach CJ Kommons was quite proud of his team all year as they won graciously every week.

“I am most proud of the way they played. They always played with their heart and we’re always very unselfish. They left their energy on the field which is what most coaches would ask for,” Kommons said. “I am proud that we won our first conference championship. I am proud that we had an undefeated regular season. I am proud to coach each and every one of them.”

Not only was he very grateful to have such a wonderful team, but he believes they grew a lot this season. He believes their unwavering work ethic was their key to success.

“The team truly came together this year more than any year in the past. They always played for each other and had common goals in mind. Their work ethic was the thing that improved the most,” Kommons said. “They never stopped in games no matter what the score was. We came from behind, late in games to either win or tie, which was all due to work ethic.”

The Women’s Wakefield Soccer team has had an amazing year and many of the players were very grateful to be a part of it.

“This year was my favorite soccer season at Wakefield, no question,” O’Ferral said.

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