On Sunday the current CMS Women's Soccer played in a friendly match against "old" and retired Athena Soccer players. After watching the Athenas defeat rivals Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, the Alumni came ready to play. They were decked out in yellow uniforms with their team name, The Dream Team, on the front. The back read, "We're older than you" and had each player's respective graduation year as her number.
With over 20 Alumni in attendance, fun was had by all. Ultimately the Alumni came out on top. The current Athenas took the lead in the middle of the first half after out running the tired "old women" and scoring on keeper legend Camila Friedman-Gerlicz (CMC '09). The Dream Team was able to bounce back and tie the game with a PK after Megan Kum (SCR '08) was taken down in the box.
In the second half the Alumni took the lead with an absolutely beautiful play that made it seem as if they had been playing together all these years. A perfectly placed cross was put into the box and Alison Hutchings (HMC '07) slotted it into the goal. The Dream Team thought they had the game in the bag, but with less than two minutes to go Meredith Doyle (CMC '11) sent a nice pass of death across the goal box that Rosa Ahn (SCR '12) was able to put away.
Many thought the game was over at this point, but the referee blew the whistle for the Alumni to take their kickoff. With lots of open space due to the confusion, Friedman-Gerlicz, who was now playing forward, dribbled up the field towards the current keeper, Hannah Dunham (CMC '14). Friedman-Gerlicz shot the ball right at Dunham, but was able to recover the blocked ball and find the back of the net as the clock ran to zero. The Alumni celebrated the 3-2 victory over lunch with the current Athenas.
Many thanks to Coach Keri Sanchez for putting together a fun and successful Alumni game, allowing players, current and old, to come together and embrace the spirit of CMS Women's Soccer.