Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · District champion Lady Bulldogs ready to start postseason play next week

Confident and prepared, the Bearden Lady Soccer Dogs feel ready to generate success in the postseason.

Bearden will open the postseason with a district tournament game at home against West at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Winning our district has the team feeling pretty confident going into the district tournament games,” senior captain Emily Carlevato said. “We have focused a lot on playing together and for each other, and I think that has had an impact on our quality of play.”

The Lady Bulldogs have focused on carrying over the strength they have built off the field into their games.

“Working as a team this year was something that was very important to us,” junior Abby Brewer said. “We lost a lot of strong senior players last year, and we had to come together to help that transition for some of the players who had been playing on JV to start playing up on varsity as a new group.

“Our team chemistry has been important to our success.”

Junior Chandler Alaniz is looking to be an example on the field for players who haven’t played in a district tournament before.

“I want to show them how we all have to work together to be successful and really emphasize that we are only as good as our weakest link,” Alaniz said.

Alaniz feels as though the Lady Soccer Dogs regular season has made them well rounded and ready to go into the district tournament.

“We went through a stage where we had games every day for about two weeks,” Alaniz said. “That included a few losses in a row.

“I feel like this gave us an opportunity to improve our stamina and learn from our mistakes.”