A Coach’s Reflection on a Memorable Season

A Coach’s Reflection on a Memorable Season
Matt Butcher

After an incredible undefeated season in 2021 that featured some of the most dominating players and performances in program history, Brewster's 2022 Girls' Varsity Soccer team, which was returning many players but only four full-time starters, set some high goals for the fall season. The squad hoped to win another Lakes Region Championship and defend its New England championship for the first time in program history. Perhaps more importantly, the players wanted to establish and maintain a positive and supportive team culture and to always demonstrate respect and class toward each other, the referees, the opponents, and the fans. 
Although Brewster lost its first match of the season, snapping a 24-game winning streak, the Bobcats quickly rebounded to win the remaining 18 games and reached their goals of defending the League and New England championships. The 2022 team played incredible soccer that was almost magical to watch at times: They passed and possessed with total composure, confidence, and teamwork, and they defended collectively and effectively in those rare moments where they were not in possession. Throughout the season, opposing coaches and referees complimented the team not only on their level of play but also on their respectfulness and decorum. Certainly, considering the competitiveness of team sports and the high standards the players expected of themselves, there were moments of frustration, but in those moments of frustration, players handled themselves well and received the positive support of their teammates. 

Ultimately, it was an amazing season, and the numbers tell some of the tale: 18 wins, 1 loss, 74 goals scored, 8 goals conceded, 13 shutouts, 2 championships. Over the past three seasons (including the pandemic modified season), the numbers are even more remarkable: 42 wins, 1 loss, 170 goals scored, 14 goals against, 32 shutouts, 4 championships (of 4 opportunities). While the numbers are truly dominant, some of the details will be lost to time, but the incredible teamwork and total class of 2022 Girls' Varsity Soccer should never be forgotten—and future iterations of the team surely will look to the legacy of 2022 for inspiration.

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