HENDERSON -- Kerr-Vance Academy ended their regular season on Friday by falling 6-3 to Oakwood, giving them an overall record of 2-8 on the season.
Winning seasons have been common under head coach Razvan Tegean during his tenure at KVA but he admitted that 2021 was more about his players learning and persevering through adversity than anything else.
“It’s been a challenging year,” Tegean said. “We’ve had trouble with the numbers but we’re also a young and inexperienced team. However, I’m really proud of the way everyone worked through the season, especially when they had to play in 80 degrees with a mask on their face two to three times a week.”
It only took less than a minute before KVA tallied their first goal of the game, which came off a penalty kick from senior Katelyn Ballentine.
Two free kicks from Oakwood late in the second half enabled them to pull out in front with the lead but the two programs would be tied at the intermission after senior Juliana Negron carved her way through Oakwood’s defense to score with 17.9 seconds remaining.
Oakwood firmly took control of the game in the second half by scoring two goals within six minutes of each other. Oakwood also took advantage of an opportunity that came about on a penalty kick to pull ahead by three goals.
Negron got KVA back into contention shortly after the mask break with her second goal of the afternoon but Oakwood countered with another successful penalty kick, ending any chance KVA had of securing a victory.
While Tegean believes that the team as a whole still has much to improve on, he praised his players for adapting to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and managing to pull out two victories against Epiphany and Community Christian.
“The growth you see in-game is based on what they showed in the first week of practice,” Tegean said. “Most of them couldn’t even kick the ball and we weren’t even close to being ready with our fitness. Almost half of the team started from scratch but it’s been really nice to watch them all grow.”