How Teamwork Made a Dream Come True: A Tale of Perseverance
Eden Davis ‘25
This past term, the Senior Girls’ Soccer team embarked on a winding journey throughout the fall season. After losing a large fragment of last year’s team members following their graduation, this year’s team consisted of some returning players and seven new members who had never played soccer before. Many feelings arose throughout the season, whether that was the elation of victory or the frustration of defeat. This bumpy ride created quite a sense of accomplishment when we emerged triumphant in the CISAA finals.
Our season kicked off strongly with two big wins. The first game against Pickering College ended with an impressive score of 7-0, followed by the second match against Bayview Glen, where we achieved another victory at 5-1. The sportsmanship between players, as well as the enthusiasm of the new members to learn the game, are what truly drove the team to success.
Unfortunately, in the upcoming matches, things did not go as well. Although our spirit was held high, the unlucky three consecutive losses were enough to make a dent in our previous winning streak. However, the Senior Girls’ Soccer team has always taken pride in their perseverant attitude. Rather than letting these losses get the best of us, we turned to each other for support and pushed even harder for victory when entering the playoffs in fifth place.
As the goalie of my school soccer teams for many years, I have always felt a great sense of pressure, especially when in net for games that really counted. The quarter-finals against St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School was neck and neck, eventually ending in a shoot-out. In previous years, this kind of pressure would have weighed heavily on me. This year, however, that stress felt much lighter, largely due to the unwavering positivity emanating from the team. Due to this, I went into the shoot-out confidently, and after several tension-filled minutes, we came out victorious.
The semi-finals were also close, culminating in a 1-0 win for CDS after playing Greenwood College School. Greenwood has notoriously been a formidable opponent for the Varsity Girls, so this triumph had the whole team ecstatic.
Finally, the day came for the CISAA championship against Toronto French School, and our team was ready for a win. The teammates' unfaltering determination shone brilliantly in this final game, resulting in a 1-0 victory, and securing us the CISAA championship gold.
Ultimately, as our soccer journey ends it is not just the trophy and thrill of victory that lingers, but also the echoes of the challenges we overcame by pure perseverance. Although the season is over, the lessons learned and the impressions left along the way have made a lasting impact on each team member, an indication of the true spirit found in this year’s Senior Girls’ Soccer team.
CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.
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