Lady T-Birds look to bounce back

By Calvin Domingo - Staff Reporter



After a season in which the Lady Thunderbirds were unable to fend off the Peninsula Pirates in the semi-finals in a rematch of 2017's Championship game in which Highline won, the T-Birds are hun- grier than ever to avenge this past season's disap- pointing loss.

Despite the Lady T-Birds being heavy favorites to repeat as NWAC Champs last season, they failed to meet the expectations that they set for themselves.

One of the biggest roles in last season's early play- off exit was due to mindset, according to sophomore to-be, and all-star midfielder Andrea Gonzalez.

"I think our biggest weakness as a team was our mentality," she said. "We did so good throughout the season in terms of winning games, but when- ever we were faced with adversity, we would shut down. I'd say the lack of com petition we had throughout the games we played made us forget what it was like to really work for something. We were more in a battle with ourselves than the other team."

Gonzalez also said that "the offseason can be diffi- cult because we don't play teams, it's all us."

Notable departures from last season's squad in- clude sophomores Valeria Rios, McKenzie Buell, Quincy Quinteros, Chloe Lamenzo, Jessica Chen, Taylor Capuzzi, West Region reigning MVP Jew- el Boland, Fiona Dawson, Savanah Hutchinson, among others.

While the team is losing a combined four all- stars from last season's squad, there is still plenty of talent left to work with,

Fans can look forward to the upcoming season as the Lady Thunderbirds will look to avoid a re- peat of last season. they open the season in early August.

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