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Athlete spotlight: Soccer player Caroline Kearney

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Kearney (second from right) and her teammates celebrate the last league game of the season.

Kearney (second from right) and her teammates celebrate the last league game of the season.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROLINE KEARNEY

PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROLINE KEARNEY

Kearney (second from right) and her teammates celebrate the last league game of the season.

Shay Levy, Assistant Sports Editor

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Senior Caroline Kearney is a captain and center back on NDB’s Varsity Soccer team. She has played soccer for five years, three with the school.

She says her favorite part about playing with the team is the people she has met since freshman year. She says, “Regardless of whether it was a winning or losing season, it’s always been a learning experience and so much fun and that is because of all the girls and coaches.”

Kearney was thrilled to welcome the team’s new freshmen players. She feels that the five of them will help the team improve next season as they learn to play with the older girls.

She believes the challenge for this year’s team was getting in sync and being able to score goals because everyone comes from different teams and has different ways of playing.

  Kearney helped lead her team to first place in the league. When asked about the final league game, she says, “I don’t think we prepared differently, at least not physically. As we got closer to the end of league, it became more of a mental game of how hard we were willing to work as a team in practice and on game days because ultimately every result came down to who wanted it more.”

One thing that she loved about this team and is looking forward to during the playoff games is doing their very best, especially because this is her last year and she wants to leave a great legacy. She will greatly miss the team dynamic, as she has found that every year is different and fun in its own way. She is excited to compete and handle wins and losses together, as a team.

Kearney is sad that this is her last year playing for NDB. She will miss her teammates because they have become her family, and the coaches, especially Christina Okubo, because they have taught and encouraged her to play well.

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