“We’ve been together for as long as I can remember, and our team bond has really helped us get as far as we have,” says Martin.
Martin’s fellow senior defender Taylor Tagliente agrees with her friend and also sees a bittersweet side peeking around the corner.
“We had our senior night, and it was just kind of emotional because you never really think things are going to end, you really do,” says Tagliente. “And for us seniors, soccer has pretty much been our lives. At school, everyone refers to us as the, ‘Soccer moms’. It’s been soccer, soccer, soccer, soccer, soccer, eat, soccer. It’s weird to think the days are dwindling, but the memories will always be there.”
One of the best memories of this season was beating then undefeated Newburyport 3-0 to kick off the Indians Columbus Day weekend.
“It was awesome,” Martin says of the home-turf win. “We went out and celebrated after. We went to Friendly’s and pigged out. It felt nice.”
Berry doesn’t see the program dropping off after her seniors leave. Newcomer freshman striker Lauren Fedorchak agrees.
“It’s good to be a part of this team because they’re all amazing girls,” says Fedorchak. “And I think we’ll have a good team next year.”
For the moment, senior outside midfielder Natalie Dawes is blown away by her team’s success.
“It’s pretty amazing that we were able to pull it out,” says Dawes. “We had a goal going into the season, and it is nice to achieve that.”
Berry says that she and her girls are ready for the tournament, but also wonders where the time went.
“It went by extremely fast,” Berry says of the season. “We came in August, and we put those three, four weeks in, in the beginning of the season. And all of a sudden, the games start and it flies by.”