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Heading to the Top

Senior Aidan Kunst continues his coverage of the red-hot, state-ranked lady eagles soccer season:

 

The score was tied, 2-2. There was just one minute left in the game. The mood was tense as Danielle Goebel stepped up to take a corner kick. The kick went up, a well-placed ball to the far post, and… GOAL!

The Lady Eagles have started this season, coach Tom Dragon’s 36th, with a 8-2 record. His experience has helped the team gain an advantage and has helped them be able to play with an efficient, balanced style.

It is one of Dragon’s more complete teams, one that is balanced between grades and both sides of the ball. The three seniors and leaders of the offensive unit are sisters Lauren, Danielle, and Cassidy Goebel, who have combined for 35 goals through ten games. 

“The best part about playing offense is getting to combine with my sisters up top, Cassidy told me. “It’s always fun playing off each other, creating new combinations, and then having that ‘aha’ moment where we successfully put the ball in the net!”

But while the offense gets the glory and praise, the defense has also been an integral piece, playing tough and allowing just 16 goals. That group is led by seniors Sierra Goebel and Neha Bhasin, as well as junior Lily Burke (two goals), sophomore Sabina Alcock, and freshman goalie Lexi Slane.

“The defense is the building block of the team and our formation,” Lily said. “Defenders might not get to score much, but we initiate the plays  and set the forwards up to succeed.”

And while the midfield is typically a rotation of players, sophomores Suha Alhieh (four goals) and Ava Yune have controlled the ball and have held steady all season long. 

Most teams have one thing that they do really well, and another aspect that is lacking. But for the Lady Eagles this year, each facet of the game is covered, and Coach Dragon has more than capable players at every position. This is something that doesn’t happen often, and it is part of why the girls are ranked sixth in MaxPreps’ latest Indiana Class 1A Ranking and eighth in the newest 1A AP Poll.

While it is still early in the season, the girls possess the ability and balance to have success, and under the guidance of Coach. Dragon, are making EDS proud. Go Lady Eagles!

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