Turf of the Town: Yorktown Girls Soccer

Matthew Wagner, Sentry Staff Reporter

Yorktown Girls Soccer is not your average high school soccer team. Since 2017, they have not only won two state soccer titles but also built one of the most reliably successful programs in our region. 

Much of this success is attributed to Head Coach Hannah Davis’s excellent leadership and coaching during her tenure. 

“She knows how to get the best out of players. We have had players with confidence issues and issues with anger or frustration, and she does a really good job of working through that with them; she is just a really good mentor overall,” Senior Captain Shay Montgomery said. 

Communication is also a large part of the team’s success. 

“On the field, it is a lot less quiet than it used to be. People are talking and know where they need to be and are helping others know where they need to be,” Montgomery said.

Throughout the entire season, another thing which proved to be beneficial to the team were the bonding activities that all the players participated in. 

“We do team activities like spirit days every game day, and we get bagels for breakfast as a team. We’ve made so many t-shirts, and we stay for the boys’ games … I think we have only grown with our team chemistry and our playing throughout the entire year,” Montgomery said. 

As they moved forward in the playoffs, the team looked to emphasize certain aspects of their game.  

“A huge part of our focus moving forward is switching the point of attack, playing quickly, playing physically and winning those 50/50 balls. That’s what we’re going to do throughout the playoffs,” Head Coach Hannah Davis said. 

These tactics have clearly worked out in our team’s favor. On Saturday, June 11, the Yorktown Girls Soccer team triumphed over Kellam High School in a nail-biting 1-0 state championship match. 

You would be hard pressed to find a better high school soccer team than ours. The leadership and community they show during each and every practice is like no other, and their hard work and dedication this season has paid off. The players can hold their heads high as they finish the season as champions of Virginia.