Paly Girls Soccer Season Preview


Miya Whiteley (left) and Kiana Feldis (right) jostle over the ball in one of the team’s morning scrimmages. Photo by Grace Gormley.

Grace Gormley, Copy Editor

The Paly girls varsity soccer team is looking forward to their upcoming winter season. Last year, the Vikings had an overall record of 6 wins, 10 losses and 5 ties, and in league, their record was 4-4-4. 

They are a member of the SCVAL De Anza League, and this year they will face opponents like Mountain View, Gunn and Los Altos. These are all strong teams and the Vikings are excited to challenge them this year. 

Junior Kiana Feldis generally plays center forward or attacking mid for the Vikings, and is looking forward to this season after their first practices with this year’s team.

“We had a great first week of training with the team,” she said. “We have a lot of solid players and I’m really excited for games to start in a few weeks. I feel like we’re going to have a lot of success this season.”

According to MaxPreps, the team graduated 12 seniors last year, 4 of whom were on the SCVAL All League Team last year, but senior Addie McCarter feels that this year’s team has a lot of talented players ready to fill their shoes.

“I am super excited about the team this season,” she said. “I can already tell we have a great group and I can’t wait to get to know everyone both on and off the field.” 

The Vikings have an intense training schedule, on some mornings practicing as early as seven. Feldis has said this schedule is “a good way to wake up” and is beneficial in ways because it sometimes leaves the athletes’ afternoons free. 

Team traditions and bonding will continue this year as well, for instance the team pasta feeds. 

They will be playing in a few tournaments throughout December to get to know each other better as players and practice working as a cohesive team. They have a game against Carlmont on December 3rd in one such tournament. After December comes to a close, their first league games will begin. 

Their first opponent is scheduled to be Mountain View on January 6th. They will play the team away. Mountain View was very strong last year and went 12-0 in leagues last year, coming out as a commanding winner. The Vikings look forward to facing a strong team and testing their skills.