Unionville soccer team continues its strong season
● By Steven Hoffman
The Unionville soccer team continued its strong season with an impressive victory over Oxford on Monday. The win improved Unionville's overall record to 11-3, and now that the calendar has flipped to October, the playoff picture will start to take shape in the coming weeks. Unionville is 8-0 in league action so far in 2018.
“We're playing some consistent soccer right now,” said Unionville coach Joe Ratasiewicz after the 6-0 win over Oxford came on the heels of a 3-0 win over Downingtown West and a 1-0 win over Avon Grove. “We're attacking the goal more than we were in our first five games.”
Against Oxford, Unionville was extremely aggressive right from the start. The team has a number of players who can put pressure on the opposing team's defense, including Jackie Hug, Sara Darlington, Paige Harlan, and Mackenzie Malloy. They helped Unionville build a first-half lead over Oxford.
Ratasiewicz said that the team gets consistent contributions from these players—and others. Having a diverse offensive attack helps.
The Unionville coach said that he has also been pleased that the defense has been playing very well. Center backs Lyndsey Barrett and Hannah Firment lead the way.
The Indians' lineup features a nice balance between more experienced and younger players. There are five seniors on the team, but a number of juniors and sophomores are seeing significant playing time, too. There are also three freshman players who have been making important contributions to the varsity squad.
Ratasiewicz said that the Unionville players are doing a nice job of learning as they go, figuring out what works and what doesn't in different situations.
“It's really been coming together,” Ratasiewicz said. “They are still learning to read the game and figure out what works. I still think they can grow a little bit.”
Unionville has games coming up against Coatesville, Bishop Shanahan, and Strath Haven, among others. There will be a lot of exciting soccer action in the coming weeks as teams battle for a spot in the post-season.
With a team that is deep and is playing well in all facets of the game, Unionville is looking forward to the stretch run. The coach hopes that his team can finish the season strong.
“Everybody is contributing, which is great,” Ratsiewicz said.