By: Matt Rothman
The J.P. Taravella girls’ soccer team is continuing their historic season starting 8-2 after three more wins this week.
Most recently coming off a 3-0 win over Pompano Beach on Wednesday, the Trojans have outscored their opponents 37-3 during their six-game winning streak. They started the week of Dec. 16 with games on Monday, Tuesday, and beat Monarch and Deerfield Beach High School.
After falling to West Broward High School 1-0 in a tough opening game of the season, JPT won their next two games, defeating Marjory Stoneman Douglas 2-0 and then Boyd Anderson 10-0. Their other wins came against MacArthur, Northeast, and Coral Glades High School.
Leading the offense for the Trojans has been senior Kiana Tulloch, who recently came off a two-goal performance against Pompano with 16 goals on the year. Tulloch is getting ready to attend the University of Houston next fall and will continue her soccer career playing Division I soccer.
Despite being Tulloch’s last season playing varsity soccer, JPT has a rising star in freshman Allyssia Merisier who is tied for second on the team in goals with six and also has five assists. They have two other freshmen on the team in Danielle Tigner and Emily Sepulveda.
Other contributors on offense are Dakota Cimetta and Yaslyn Araica, who have combined for seven goals this season. As a team, 11 different players have scored at least one goal, including Madison Gamache, Camila Blanco, Natalia Marshall-Hewitt, Ariana Pereira, and Alicia Victoria.
“I have a lot of versatility throughout my team,” said head coach Kathy Fitzgerald. “A lot of them came from travel teams and only played one position. At the end of the day, if they want to get onto the field, they need to adapt and play wherever the teams need them.”
On the backend, goaltender Allyson Heidkamp has been impressive in net all season. As a team, they have allowed more than one goal only once this season.
On January. 7, the Trojans return against South Broward High School at home. This will be one of their hardest tests the rest of the season before games with Pembroke Pines Charter and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School later this season.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student. Matt also covers the New York Islanders for The Hockey Writer, the New York Mets for Last Word on Baseball and Florida Gators Athletics for ESPN Gainesville.
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