Kicking Off the New Year: Girls’ Soccer

As summer comes to a close, we welcome the beginning of fall sports. The Hawken girls’ soccer team looks to have a promising start to their season as they hope to replicate their 2013 run to States.

Courtesy of Hank Skladanowski

Courtesy of Hank Skladanowski

Although the team is small with only 17 girls, they are a force to be reckoned with. These Lady Hawks, led by seniors Danielle Drockton, Maggie Canitia, Daysha Randleson, and Seysha Mehta, conquered the Geneva Eagles with a definitive 5-0 win in their season opener. The key to their early success: team chemistry. Captain Danielle Drockton said, “we have a really good team dynamic where everyone has really gotten to know each other. During practice we try to stay focused so we can have a good record, but at the same time we’re always joking around and laughing about something.” The motivated, yet humorous nature of this team seems to be serving them well.

       Anton, the head coach of this team, was a professional goalkeeper for the national Latvian team. With experience and a vast knowledge of the game, he ensures that the girls know what to do and when to do it. With coaching assistants Don Drockton and Nick, Anton is not alone. The Division I bound Captain Maggie Canitia says, “Coach Nick works with us on recovery while Coach Drockton keeps us all in line and helps to make sure we are focused and working as a team.” Another part of their early success can be lent to young players like Laura Gorjanc and Izzy Culver. As a sophomore, Gorjanc is able to create endless scoring opportunities as she said to be able to outrun anyone. As for Izzy, she is key in possessing the ball in the midfield. With junior Molly Gallagher taking control of the defense, which is comprised of nearly all first-time starters or freshman, they look to have a pretty solid back line. The soccer team is motivated to win and improve day in and day out, and their hard work shows. Upcoming games include Lake Catholic at home on September 10th as well as a rivalry game away against Gilmour Academy on September 19th! Come out and support…goooooo hawks!!

Lilly Herschman

As summer comes to a close, we welcome the beginning of fall sports. The Hawken girls’ soccer team looks to have a promising start to their season as they hope to replicate their 2013 run to States. Although the team is small with only 17 girls, they are a force to be reckoned with. These Lady Hawks, led by seniors Danielle Drockton, Maggie Canitia, Daysha Randleson, and Seysha Mehta, conquered the Geneva Eagles with a definitive 5-0 win in their season opener. The key to their early success: team chemistry. Captain Danielle Drockton said, “we have a really good team dynamic where everyone has really gotten to know each other. During practice we try to stay focused so we can have a good record, but at the same time we’re always joking around and laughing about something.” The motivated, yet humorous nature of this team seems to be serving them well.

       Anton, the head coach of this team, was a professional goalkeeper for the national Latvian team. With experience and a vast knowledge of the game, he ensures that the girls know what to do and when to do it. With coaching assistants Don Drockton and Nick, Anton is not alone. The Division I bound Captain Maggie Canitia says, “Coach Nick works with us on recovery while Coach Drockton keeps us all in line and helps to make sure we are focused and working as a team.” Another part of their early success can be lent to young players like Laura Gorjanc and Izzy Culver. As a sophomore, Gorjanc is able to create endless scoring opportunities as she said to be able to outrun anyone. As for Izzy, she is key in possessing the ball in the midfield. With junior Molly Gallagher taking control of the defense, which is comprised of nearly all first-time starters or freshman, they look to have a pretty solid back line. The soccer team is motivated to win and improve day in and day out, and their hard work shows. Upcoming games include Lake Catholic at home on September 10th as well as a rivalry game away against Gilmour Academy on September 19th! Come out and support…goooooo hawks!!