BY OLIVIA LEWIS
At 5 o’clock on Monday, February 13th, the girls varsity lacrosse team played their first game of the season. The girls gave it their all, and won their first district game with a score of 13-3.
The girls set up in their positions and sophomore Olivia Lewis got ready to take the draw. Lewis won the draw and moved it down to senior Florence Andrieu. The attackers moved the ball around and waited for the players to make cuts. Junior Crystal Williams received a pass from Andrieu and took a left-handed shot on goal. The ball was shot at such a velocity that West Broward’s goalie didn’t even see the ball go in. West Broward won the next draw and took it towards our goal. The Cooper City defense stripped the ball away from the Bobcats and transitioned down the field. Once again, the Cowboys found an opening through the defense and junior Amanda Rivas scored the second goal. The Cowboys moved the ball with speed and didn’t give the Bobcats an opportunity to gain possession. Lewis received a pass and took it down the middle of the field and towards the net, scoring the third goal of the game. The girls headed back to take the draw, determined to make the score of the game higher. Andrieu won the next draw and threw the ball to Rivas. There was a give-and-go and Andrieu got the ball back and took it to the goal, only to get fouled by a West Broward player. She lined up on the 8-meter and got her stick ready for the shot. As the whistle blew, Andrieu ran the ball in and delicately placed the ball through the goalies legs, making the score 4-0. “I think we did better than expected,” Andrieu said. “Especially against a team that has been a rival for years.” The Bobcats won the next draw and caught the Cooper City defense off guard, scoring their first goal. The Cowboys didn’t back down, bringing the ball all the way to the attack and scoring another goal, made by Williams.
The lady Cowboys ran it in for their first water break, and came back out with more energy than they did in the first quarter. The Cowboys took the ball from the Bobcats numerous times and moved the ball around their defense. Rivas drove through the defense, and a West Broward player illegally checked her stick, giving her a penalty shot. Rivas stood on the 8-meter and aimed her stick at the spot she was going to shoot. She shot a rocket to the side of the next, making the score 6-1. The Bobcats began to challenge the Cowboys after that goal, and were able to gain possession. West Broward was able to set a pick, and the player had net wide open, making the score 6-2. The Cowboys didn’t let that phase them, bringing the intensity to another level. The Cowboys were able to put pressure on the Bobcats, forcing them to give possession of the ball. Lewis was able to score 2 more goals, and Andrieu scored one. The half ended with a score of 9-2.
The Cowboy cheer could be heard by everyone in the stands, they were ready and excited to win the game. Andrieu set up for the draw, but the West Broward player won it. The Bobcats caught the Cowboys off guard and were able to score an easy goal. Quickly retaliating, Rivas picked up a ground ball and took it towards the goal, scoring her third goal of the game. The cheers could be heard from all the fans, giving motivation to all the players. The Cowboys began to slow the game down, trying to run the time out. They patiently waited for there to be openings in the defense. Lewis passed the ball to Andrieu and she took a shot to the upper left corner of the goal, making the score 11-3.
The final fifteen minutes of the game became intense, each team was fighting for the win. Cooper City was dominating, and kept possession for the rest of the game. Andreiu held the ball and then passed the ball right to Lewis, who shot the ball to the lower corner of the next, making the score 12-3. The Cowboys didn’t stop until the last minute of the game, when Lewis was able to score another goal, making the final score 13-3.
The girls ran to their goalie and lined up to shake the opposing player’s hands. The girls walked off the field joking and smiling with each other, overjoyed that they had just won their first game. “I think the team is going to do very well this season, we have a lot of great experienced players that excel in the sport,” defensive captain Kasey Allen said. “There are a few new players that are learning the sport but they are picking it up very quickly and by the end of the seaosn they will be great players as well.”
Final Score: Cooper City 13, West Broward 3