Double Trouble: Soccer Double Header Ends in Victory for Girls; Loss for Boys

The Phoenix competed against Manassas Park Cougars on March 10, with girls winning 11-0 and boys losing 3-0.

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Amelia Chen

During the boys varsity match, Senior Prince Amarante (13) dribbled the ball toward the goal. “Personally, I think I was able to run it behind and stretch them, creating an attacking threat,” Amarante said. Amarante is eager for the start of his senior season. “I’m looking forward to just enjoying it with my friends and having a great time,” he said. “I want to just make the best out of it and make lifelong memories.”

On Thursday, March 10, the Phoenix boys and girls varsity soccer teams had their first double header against the Manassas Park Cougars. 

The double header first started off with the girls varsity team. The Phoenix were able to take an early lead with senior Sofia DiFulvio (2) scoring the first goal. The first half ended with the Phoenix ahead 6-0, with noticeable scores by senior Ayanna Fabunmi (6), senior Melissa Diaz (10), and DiFulvio (2). Senior Aidie Bell played strong defense on the opposing team stopping potential goals. “The whole team was excited, there was so much energy on and off the field,” Bell said. The game ended with a Phoenix win, 11-0.

Next, the Phoenix boys started off slow, allowing three goals in the first half. The Phoenix defense was stronger in the second half, as the Cougars were not able to score. However, the game ended with the Phoenix losing 3-0.  “It was definitely a learning moment and learning curve; we made a lot of improvements throughout the game and we’ve been working really hard in practice to put those into fruition,” senior and team captain Prince Amarante said. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, but it was only a scrimmage.”