“From freshman season to their final game, these seniors pushed each other every minute of each practice, knowing it would make each individual better and the team and program stronger,” - Bush Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Marcelino Dumpit
For their effort not only this season, but years of commitment on the pitch, the Bush Athletic Department is pleased to announce the six seniors—Elle J., Carolina H., Elie K., Addie Z., Eva S., and Alexandra L.—as the Trail Blazers of the Month.
The Bush girls varsity soccer program put together a memorable season this past fall, winning four loser-out contests in a row to advance all the way to the 1A state quarterfinals. The Blazers traveled to southwest Washington for their first round state matchup on Wednesday, November 10, where they knocked off the #5 seeded La Center Wildcats, 2-1. During a rain-soaked game on Saturday, November 13, the Blazers fought-hard against eventual State runner-up Seattle Academy, falling 2-1 in penalty kicks.
Get to know the seniors and what made this season particularly special in the Q&A below.
Name: Elie K. ’22 (captain)
Position and accolades: Center-Mid, All-Conference Second Team (Spring 2021) and All-Conference Honorable Mention (Fall 2021)
Name: Carolina H. ’22 (captain)
Position and accolades: Center-Back, All-Conference Second Team (Spring 2021, Fall 2021)
Name: Alexandra L. ’22
Name: Eva S. ’22
Position and Accolades: Goalkeeper, Left Back, All-Conference Honorable Mention (Fall 2021)
Name: Addie Z. ’22
Position and Accolades: Outside Midfield, Outside Back
Name: Elle J. ’22
Position and Accolades: Center-Midfield, Rookie of the Year (2018), All-Conference First Team, Second Team All-State (2019), All-Conference Second Team (Spring 2021), All-Conference First Team, Second Team All-State (Fall 2021)
Trail Blazer Q&A
From Ninth Grade to Twelfth Grade, what was the growth like for you six coming together and really finding chemistry?
Alexandra: Everyone made an effort to connect with each other, even in small ways. Having those connections makes it a lot easier to play as a team during games and practices. We all know that someone will be there to support us or help us if we make a mistake and that the focus won’t be on criticizing the other, but on working together to be better.
Carolina: Many of us have been friends for at least seven years, so we have already had a lot of chemistry off the field. And, while our soccer chemistry hasn’t always been perfect, we have laughed through it all. That is really the nature of this group; we are not always perfect but we will have fun doing whatever we are doing.
How would you describe this group of seniors?
Alexandra: Extremely determined and dedicated, but incredibly kind and supportive.
Elie: I think that we’re a super approachable, fun-loving group who care a lot about one another and the team. Committed to the hype.
This fall all six of you were so critical in helping Bush make such a strong state playoff run, what contributed to that?
Elie: Just as much as the game, we were invested in one another – our team (our family). Fostering that connection off the field helped us come together and make money moves on it.
Alexandra: The biggest thing was determination in each and every player. Even though we had a bit of a rough start, we all wanted it so badly and were willing to put in the time and effort to make it happen.
Eva: Viewing ourselves as a collective force working together rather than individual players on the same field.
What does Bush soccer and athletics mean to you and how has it impacted your life?
Alexandra: Bush athletics really show how easy it is to try new things at Bush. In sports, there are players who have been playing their entire lives and play on teams outside of Bush playing with teammates who have never played at all. While there is certainly a strong desire to win, there is still room for people to try something new regardless of skill level. Playing soccer at Bush also showed me that there’s more you can contribute to a team than just skill.
Eva: Stepping up as goalie taught me to put the needs of the team before myself. It also showed me that when I put my mind to something, even if it's something I’ve never done, I can go far.