To close out our spring sports recaps this week, we have to give a shout-out to our girls’ soccer and golf teams! These teams exemplify our heart for DC Athletics: That our athletes would glorify God on and off the field, growing individually and as teams.
Girls’ Golf Season
Our girls’ golf season has wrapped up and it has been one of DC’s best golf seasons yet! Seven girls represented our team, six of them as varsity golfers. Representing the team were Elizabeth Hitman (Front Range Christian School), Maggie Harder, Riley Chalmers, Quinn Wilson, Elizabeth Burns, Mieke Waanders, and Elsie Nydam. The team endured many hours on the range in cold, windy weather and many hours in tournaments with less than ideal playing conditions. That said we have one strong, tough team!
Coach Jessica Barrientos says, “Our girls are all working to consistently keep their scores under 100 for 18 holes, and a few times we had some scores in the 80s! This year’s team really stood out as their drive for the game has led to huge improvements and their friendship with one another made us all close!”
We ended the season with our four regional players all qualifying individually for state which was held at the Broadlands golf course in Broomfield. The girls had some awesome rounds and they all mentally stayed in the game. We are so proud of how they represented our school!
Girls’ Soccer Season
Our girls’ soccer program is known on campus for having grit, energy, and true sisterhood. This year, our team was 12-5 on the season and lost in the state semifinals 3-2 to Dawson. (We had previously beat them in the regular season 4-3.) Games between Dawson and DC are always close. We have a history of beating each other in the state finals.
We saw a lot of growth and development of the girls’ soccer team this year. Sophie Bull (Senior) says, “We came a long way considering many people had little to no experience playing soccer. Everyone grew more confident in their positions and more comfortable with their teammates. Throughout the season, our trust as a team grew and I think that contributed to the success that we had.” Courtney Johnson (Junior) says it was amazing to see how each girl grew individually. “Many girls started off not knowing where they should go or what they should do with the ball. By the end of the season, they contributed to great defensive plays and amazing goals.” We love seeing upperclassmen leadership. We are also so impressed with the next generation of players!
Growing as a team community
Our girls’ team prioritizes community and trust. Sophie says, “This season stood out because of this really special group of girls. We didn’t all know one another very well at the beginning, but basically had become sisters by the end. Our team chemistry grew a lot both on and off the field. Every single person was a valued member of the team.”
The girls’ golf team’s theme this year was from Philippians, where Paul reminds the reader to rejoice in all things. Our hope is that all of our athletes are able to experience the fun and challenge of their sport. We are thankful for the DC Thunder community!
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness[a] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”~Philippians 4:4-7 (Theme verse for girls’ golf.)