Kickin’ Off the Season


Margo Brunner

Junior Alana Dwenger throws the ball in.

Margo Brunner, Design Editor

If you are at a soccer game this season, chances are you will see a Dwenger. These sisters are slowly taking over the game and we are just here to watch. 

Junior Alana Dwenger was last year’s East Girls Player of the Year and is on track to beat her older sister, Emma Dwenger, holder of the current scoring record for East Women’s Soccer, set in 2012.

“Emma is the whole reason I started playing soccer,” A. Dwenger said. “Obviously I want to create my own path, but I’d love to beat her scoring record.”

Summer practices kicked in full throttle this summer as well, preparing the girls for the tough season ahead. This summer brought along a lot more preseason workouts than previous years, heavily preparing the team for the season.

“I think a lot of us have worked really hard, and I know we want this,” A. Dwenger said. “We believe this is our year.”

The team’s goals this year are to win Conference, to win Sectionals and to play effectively together. Even though the girls know they have to work hard, they are excited for the upcoming season. 

“You get a whole fresh start,” A. Dwenger said. “You get new players and you get to form more bonds.” 

This year, there are three freshmen starting: Norah Dwenger, Alexis Spurgeon and Allison Craig. The new Olympians are working hard to be great teammates. 

“They definitely have worked up to their potential,” senior Lindsay Stoughton said. 

Every year, East faces their rival, Columbus North, at the infamous North-East game.

 “I think [the game] will be a really good matchup this year because they have gained a couple of new players just like we have, but they also lost some good players,” Stoughton said. “So I think we are pretty evenly matched so we will see how it goes.”

The East Women’s Soccer team has a bright future ahead of them for the 2019 season.