Lady Jays Soccer Season Coming To A Close


Astrid Ramos

Captain of the varsity team, Jasmine Barry hands Coach Artley a framed picture of the team to show their appreciation on Senior Night.

Jayden Davis, Sports Reporter

This spring has been a rollercoaster ride for the girls’ soccer team, and a fun one to be exact. This season has had its ups and its downs but looking at the big picture, it has been one exciting uphill climb. After starting off the season losing a rivalry game to Manhattan in a disappointing 10-0 fashion, the girls won four and tied one of their next five games.

The hot streak consisted of many storylines including the one half hat trick performance by Faith Adames, the many goals scored by varsity freshman Lilly Greenslate, and great defensive performances only allowing one goal in the five game hot streak.

Since this five game stint, the season has been downhill since them in terms of winning and losing games. After the 3-0 shutout victory against Highland Park, in the last seven games the Lady Jays lost six and tied one. They tied Emporia in a thrilling overtime game here at home.

Last Thursday night was the Lady Jays’ senior night. Seniors Ally Mckenzie, Ariana Ahlers, Jaydon Zima, Jasmine Barry, Kiona Freemen, and Jazmin Lechuga were all honored Thursday night before the game against Topeka West. Senior night also included a thriller of a game between the Blue Jays and the Topeka West Chargers. A goal by Codi Post put Junction City in position to take the game to overtime. After an exciting overtime period the game unfortunately was never decided as it ended in a 1-1 tie. This gave Junction City their third tie on the season.

The 4-7-3 Lady Jays traveled to Lawrence to take on the Lions Monday night. The goal scored following a penalty by Lilly Greenslate was not enough to overcome the offensive performance by Lawrence High, as the game finished with a final score of 5-1.

Tonight, Junction City will play their final regular season game as they prepare for the playoffs. They will be traveling to Great Bend with hopes of finishing their season with a much needed victory against the Panthers.