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After clinching its first D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship yesterday, the joyous Theodore Roosevelt team embraced near midfield at RFK Auxiliary Field and began chanting, "Party! Party!"
"I'm not sure why we said that," senior Melissa Castillo said. "We just want to celebrate."
Castillo had a goal, as did sophomore Telesha Smith and freshman Lakisha Walker, as the Rough Riders shut out Wilson, 3-0.
Roosevelt (5-0-1) rode the skillful footwork and passing of the experienced Smith and Walker to capture the city championship from top-seeded Wilson (4-4-2), which defeated School Without Walls last year.
"We thought we could do it," Walker said. "We all play hard all the time and we played hard today."
Smith had the first goal in the 13th minute, dribbling the ball upfield before scoring off a rebounded shot. Late in the first half, Walker showed her skills, working the ball near the goal and centering a perfect pass to Castillo for a 2-0 lead.
In the 60th minute, Walker secured the victory when she outmaneuvered three defenders down the field and made a short shot for the third goal.
Smith and Walker are good friends and play together on WSC Isis, an area traveling soccer team.
"I like playing [for Roosevelt] a lot," Walker said. "It's a lot of fun to get to be a leader out there."
A pesky Roosevelt defense, led by defenders Ruth Vega and Lisbel Villatoro and goalkeepers Scarleth Cartagena and Angela Hernandez, held Wilson in check. The Tigers had 14 shots on goal, including three that hit off the goal posts, but they could not score.
For the second straight year, Wilson's junior varsity team played for the league title. The varsity team plays an independent schedule against more elite competition across the area.
Roosevelt "had tremendous speed and tremendous skill," Wilson Coach Jaime Merlos said. "It's good that they're bringing their best players forward, because next year we will reconsider whether we should play the junior varsity or varsity in this game."