Washington Catholic High School prides itself on having a family atmosphere in and out of the classroom, but none of the Cardinals athletic teams embody this trait quite like the girls soccer team led by coach Kelly Neace.
The 2013 Cardinals, which stands with a record of 5-1-3 has three sets of sisters playing significant minutes this season. The Taylors (Kendra and Laura), Jarretts (Gracen and Claire) and the Smiths (Morgan and Christina) have made the Lady Cardinals a family affair.
Morgan Smith, the only senior of the group takes great pride in playing along with her sister, Christina, a freshman, on a daily basis. The ups and downs that comes with a sibling relationship doesn’t faze Morgan when it comes to meshing on the field. With this being her final year at Washington Catholic, Morgan wants to make the best out of this season in her final chance to play on a team with her sister and take advantage of the obvious communication the two possess together.
“We are three years apart and since I was a little girl and she was a little girl we’ve been playing soccer together,” Morgan Smith said. “In middle school I believe we had to recruit fifth graders to play — we’ve pretty much been playing my whole life, so I’m used to it. She’s (Christina Smith) really fast so she’s a forward and I’m a midfielder so I always look for her to get a goal — we work together really well on the field.”
Through playing throughout her life with her younger sister Laura, sophomore Kendra Taylor thinks that all the years of one-one-one communication with her sister has helped this season and will continue make the Cardinals a better team going forward. The communication between family members especially siblings who are close in age can help when it comes to chemistry and communication on the field.