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Girls' soccer leaves it all on field for Senior Night

October 14, 2013

The senior members of the Lady Chucks' soccer team pose with their parents on Senior Night. The seniors are (from left) Alicia Switlick, Marissa McGuire, Rachel Litak and Emily Horner. Photo by Michael Waterloo of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With just one win on the season, and just a handful of games left on the schedule, the Lady Chucks soccer team wanted a win on Monday night more than anything.

Playing under the lights, while honoring the seniors on Senior Night, they played their most spirited home game of the season.

Despite ending up on the wrong end of a 1-0 game, the Lady Chucks consider their loss to St. Marys a moral victory.

"Yeah, it was a moral victory," senior Rachel Litak. "All of our games came down to the final seconds, and we never quit."

Head Coach Bridget Rheaume backed up Litak's statement.

"I think I'd call it a moral victory," Rheaume said. "They wanted to win the game. When they want to do it, they can stick with it throughout."

Litak said even though the team didn't win, she was proud of the way her teammates stepped up and battled.

"It was our Senior Night, and the girls went out there and tried their hardest," Litak said. "Even if we didn't win, we still played as hard as we could for 80 minutes. I couldn't ask more from the team."

Prior to the game, the coaching staff talked to the girls and told them to enjoy the night ahead.

"They were all very supportive, and told us to play our hardest," Litak said. "They wanted us to get that win on Senior Night."

And as their male counterparts did just a week ago, the seniors enjoyed a bittersweet night, as their season and career at Punxsutawney Area
High School is coming to a close.

"Yeah, it was nice and hard to hold back the waterworks when we were getting announced," Litak said. "It's just surreal that the season is almost over, and the seniors are almost done for good."

Despite a down year, Litak feels like the future is promising for the
Lady Chucks.

"We're a fresh team," Litak said. "It's a learning year. Next year, I know they'll come out even harder with a winning season."

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