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Durfee soccer returns with a bang

Brenna Riley '12
Student Life Editor
October 8, 2010

Above: Senior tri-captain Shana Hilario controls the ball.
 --Hilltop file photo

For the last few years, Durfee High School's girls' soccer team has consecutively held themselves to high standards and their hard work has shown through with their state tournament berths. The good news is that the 2010 varsity soccer team does not look like they are going to break this tradition.  

After only nine games their record is 4-3-2, gaining more than half of the points needed to enter the state tournament. "I feel like we have a very good team and we are all like a family," said senior tri-captain Shana Hilario. "And because we are so close, we can accomplish anything we put our minds to." 

The Hilltoppers' first game was held at Somerset High School on September 8, with both excitement and nerves high as the girls walked onto the field. The team's strong pre-season practices quickly paid off when senior tri-captain Brittany Correia put two goals in the back of the net. When Somerset scored, the pressure on the Hilltoppers became intense, until sophomore Bailey Brooks put a ball over the goalie's head from nearly thirty yards out, scoring the Hilltoppers third goal and securing the game. 

Durfee's next challenge was facing back-to-back games against Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. After winning the first game at home, 4-0, Durfee felt confident when going to face their challenger away. However, Diman proved to be stronger than previously thought. The score at half time was 0-0. Luckily, Durfee came back strong as ever and scored five goals, rarely ever allowing Diman to even take a shot. Durfee won the game 5-0, with goals from Correia, Brooks, senior tri-captain Danielle Gauvin, and junior Rachel Camara. 

Challenges continued to arise as the schedule allowed three more consecutive away games for Durfee. At Bishop Stang High School, hopes were high for the Hilltoppers, as they went up 1-0. However, the game began to get rough and Stang unfortunately got the chance to tie it up. The final score of the game was 1-1. 

The Hilltoppers' next game was held at Bridgewater-Raynham High School and it quickly became a very physical game. Both teams showed their athletic capability throughout the game and seemed to match each other's hard work equally. After two yellow cards were given to both teams, Durfee's cards going to sophomores Jenna Melo and Jalyn Bonanca, the game ended with a final score of 0-0. 

Durfee's next game was held at the home field of their Big Three rival, Brockton High School. After battling hard and getting a goal from junior Jessica Medeiros, Durfee was excited to enter the second half. Unfortunately, the Boxers came back, scoring two goals in the first ten minutes of the second half. The Hilltoppers did not give up, and continued to work hard, but could just not put the ball in the back of the net. The final score of the game was 2-1, the Hilltoppers' first loss of the season. 

After a tough loss against Bishop Feehan High School, the Hilltoppers continued to work hard and prepare for their next game against another Big Three rival, New Bedford High School. Center midfielders Gauvin and Medeiros controlled the middle of the field for the entire game, and Durfee's advantage was clear. Finally, with less than ten minutes left in the game Medeiros put a goal in the back of the net, winning the game for the Toppers. 

The most recent game was against Bishop Stang and the girls suffered a difficult loss, the final score being 3-1. 

"We have a young team and we are still learning but we have raw talent," said Correia. 
Durfee is, however, looking forward to their bright future as they enter into their next seven consecutive home games. The team believes that if they continue to stick together, and give everything they have in every game, they will win and eventually make it into the state tournament.