By Tessa Jones and Erin Walker
The James River High School women’s soccer team has always been successful in past seasons with strong postseason finishes and numerous athletes making all district and all region teams. As the program continues to grow under head coach Bill Smith, the girls continue to bond with each other and fall more in love with the sport.
As the seasons have passed, the soccer team has had great turnouts at tryouts, allowing for a big team and a big family. The girls take care of each other on and off of the field and support each other no matter what. There are girls who have played for ten years and girls who have played only one, but during practice and games, they encourage and motivate each other to perform their best. The team has representatives from all classes at James River, including five freshmen, seven sophomores, one junior, and seven seniors.
Representing the freshmen class is midfielder Sofia Kryder, defense Tatum Martin, midfielder Kayla Myers, striker Amelia Waddell, and striker Ella Wright.
Representing the sophomore class is midfielder Rachael Hix, midfielder Myla Lester, striker Morgan Marshall, keeper Haley Meadows, striker Riley Potter, midfielder Sophie Wagner, and midfielder Bridgette West.
The lone junior on the team is midfielder Stephanie Vasquez.
Representing the senior class is defense Catherine Amos, defense Morgan Bryan, midfielder Megan Hill, defense Meaghan Hix, defense Tessa Jones, midfielder Hannah Meador, and keeper Colleen Peery.
Because this is the seniors’ last season on the team, we interviewed each one to see what they have loved about soccer and what they’re looking forward to as they start the next chapter in their lives.
How long have you played soccer?
What is your favorite soccer memory?
What is one random fact about you?
What are your plans for next year?
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I have been playing soccer since kindergarten.
My favorite memory is beating Radford.
I’m a barista! I work at Land of a Thousand Hills.
I am going to Virginia Tech next year.
I have been playing soccer my entire life, since I was five.
My favorite soccer memory is beating Radford my junior year.
I drive a Mustang, and I like coffee.
I’m going to UVA next year.
I’ve been playing soccer for a really long time, since I was about five or six.
I liked beating Radford, that was fun. Now we have to beat Lord Botetourt!
I really like country music!
I’ll be attending Virginia Western for two years then I will decide what I will do for the rest of my life.
I’ve been playing soccer since I was six years old, so 12 years.
My favorite soccer memory is when we beat Radford in the region quarterfinals in overtime. Radford is our biggest rival and toughest opponent, so beating them and eliminating them from postseason play was a GREAT feeling.
A random fact about me is that I love kayaking.
Next year I plan to attend college (I’m not sure where yet) and become a physical therapist!
I played recreational soccer for about 5 years, but then I stopped, and now I’ve started back up this year.
Everyone being so sweet this year!
My favorite animal is a rhino.
I want to be an RN.
I have been playing soccer since the fourth grade, so since I was about nine or ten years old.
My favorite soccer memory is beating Andrew Lewis in middle school by one point because they were undefeated for a really long time and we snuck in one on them and beat them. It was great. It was the first time in CAMS history.
My fun fact is that I play the guitar.
I am currently undecided as to what I am doing next year, as of right now I am just going to work and if I find something I would like to do then I’ll do it.
The James River High School soccer team represents a wide variety of girls from all over the county. While they are all different, they have spent the last four years bonding as teammates and friends. This senior class will always be remembered as hardworking and talented. Although they are all parting ways next year, one thing’s for sure, they will always remember the times they’ve spent playing for the Knights. Good luck on the upcoming season girls and play hard, and come on out to the next game!