EUGENE — The Dallas High girls soccer team saw its season come to a close as the Dragons lost to North Eugene 3-0 on Saturday in an OSAA Class 5A play-in match.
“I saw glimpses of what we were trying to put together all year,” Dallas coach Cherish Henrickson said. “The girls had various emotions going into the match. This play-in game was one of our better play-in games since I’ve been coaching.”
But Dallas (5-9 overall, 2-5 Mid-Willamette Conference) showed improvement not only on the field, but in far more important aspects as well, Henrickson said.
“Soccer is more than just a physical game,” Henrickson said. “It tests your mental toughness and stamina, it creates adversity and allows you to handle it, and teaches cooperation when you just have nothing else to give.”
While the Dragons fell short of the state playoffs, Henrickson isn’t viewing this season as a disappointment, rather one that featured successes on numerous levels.
“I realize that winning and moving forward is a sign of achievement and success, but there are others ways to demonstrate success within a program,” Henrickson said. “For example, these seniors probably had to do more than they expected as far as preparing for a practice or game.
Girls had to learn how to put their own feelings aside at times and do what they may not want to have done. Finally, these ladies have demonstrated growth within the game throughout the season.”