Janet Colegrove claims to be more of a chemistry teacher than a soccer coach, but she has successfully mixed the two skills this spring to produce a yet unbeaten formula for the W.T. Woodson girls soccer team.
The Cavaliers were 12-0 entering Tuesday's Northern district game at Oakton. They were a .500 team last year, Colegrove's first as head coach, but playing a combination that includes four freshmen and four sophomores, Woodson appears headed for the regular season district title.
Last week, center forward Cindi Kunihiro scored four goals, giving her 10 for the season, in a 6-0 victory over T.C. Williams. Before the game, Colegrove initiated a team discussion.
"To be honest, I never imagined we would be 11-0 because it is such a hard thing to do," said Colegrove, whose only senior is sweeper Kathy Daly. "We sat down and talked about the fact that we were 11-0 and it is such a remarkable thing. We talked about it so we could enjoy it a little."
It has not been all easy for the Cavaliers though. Four of their victories have been decided on penalty kicks and they have overcome several injuries and illnesses. Junior center halfback Jennifer Smith missed five games with an illness, but she has returned to the lineup and should make Woodson even stronger in next week's district tournament.