Goose Creek eyes women’s football playoffs | Preparation sports

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The Goose Creek High School girls’ soccer team sprinted into spring break with back-to-back victory celebrations, bringing their win total to five. It’s quite a turnaround from 2021 when the Gators couldn’t find the win column.

This season they have been structurally and physically better overall. The Gators have a chance for the playoffs.

“We showed a big improvement over last year,” Gators coach Chris Cooper said. “Last year we had girls who had never played football before. It was a challenge for us, but we took a lot of those girls who didn’t graduate and brought in a few girls from more this season with club football experience.We now have a varsity sports class and that has allowed us to have stronger and faster kids.

Cooper’s group improved to 5-5 overall with a 10-0 win over Charleston Math & Science on April 4 in an out-of-region game. Rookie Maya Gonzalez found the back of the net five times while rookie Madelyn Huffman scored twice. Junior Candice Dantzler, junior Emily Bubel and second Kamily Santana also scored.

Three days earlier, Goose Creek edged crosstown rival Stratford High School, 4-3, for its first win in the 7-AAAAA region of the spring. Gonzalez and second Skylah Gregory scored two goals apiece. The Gators trailed 2-1 at halftime, but outscored the Knights 3-1 in the second half.

The win over Stratford was a senior night for five Gators seniors: goaltender Aurora Bruzual, Yarymar Gonzalez, Sais Bonilla, Julissa Castillo Servellon and team captain Aliyah Reyes. Reyes has done a good job helping bring the team together.

Offensively, Maya Gonzalez leads in goals scored with 17 while Gregory is also in double digits with 11 goals. Huffman scored five times and Santana twice. Gregory accumulates assists.

“They’ve been really good at communicating with each other and getting their conditioning level a lot higher than before,” Cooper said. minutes. Their hard work helped them develop their stamina.

Cooper called Yarymar Gonzalez and Huffman his anchors on the defensive end of the field, and Bruzual a team player for logging every minute in goal.

Goose Creek ends the regular season with four regional games, starting with Cane Bay at home on April 19. The Gators host Wando on April 22 and travel to Berkeley on April 25 before finishing at Stratford on April 26.

A few wins along the way would land the Gators in the Class AAAAA playoffs. They will be at full power for the stretch run.

“Everyone will be on deck,” Cooper said. “It’s time to leave.”

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