By: Kaylie Langtry
The five Seniors on Varsity are about to leave, though a bittersweet moment, these Owls have a bright future ahead. The Owls played a powerhouse team, the Millenium Tigers, on Tuesday for their Senior Night and they put up a tough fight.
Our Lady Owls are determined to be successful in the future. Natalie Steinman is planning on attending “Scottsdale Community College and continuing to play soccer there for two years. Then transferring to UofA to start their vet program.” Natalie has been on varsity all four years as a center back.
Esperanza Cadena has played on Varsity all four years as a midfielder. She plans to “play at Glendale Community College and will transfer to ASU and pursue a nursing career”
Selena Garza plans to “attend GCU and pursue a career in nursing.” Selena has played on Varsity all four years as a midfielder.
Kaylie Langtry plans to “attend the University of Arizona and major in Microbiology, then become a Medical Research Scientist.” Kaylie has played on Varsity all four years as a center back.
Last but not least, Cynthia Ibanda “plans to attend NAU and pursue a career in nursing.” Cynthia has played on Varsity for three years as a backup keeper and defender.
The ceremony was filled with tears, as the seniors were walking down, head coach Aaron Chaira said, he “started crying, these seniors were amazing, talented, and a fun bunch. I will miss them dearly.”
Though Senior night was mainly about the ceremony and recognizing the Seniors, there was a game that still needed to play. The Owls came out fast in the first half, scoring one goal by Zalma Torres, the Owls kept Millenium tied 1-1 for most of the first half. As the first half ended, the owls were down 4-1, but they were not going to give up.
During halftime, passionate words and feelings were expressed by the coaching staff and the players. The Lady Owls showed so much heart in the first half, even if the score showed otherwise. The Lady Owls were ready to play the second half.
The Owls held off Millenium for a while, but as the game went on, the Owls were starting to get too comfortable. The game ended 7-1, but the Owls played the best they could with four starters not being able to play. Even though the Owls lost, they did not let that get to them as the night was for the Seniors, the Owls went to celebrate Nicole Fernandez’ birthday at IHOP and ended the night filled with laughter and good times.