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October 26, 2023

Coppell girls lacrosse prevails over Lovejoy in thrilling game

Kayla Nguyen
Coppell senior midfield Kate Nelson takes a shot at Coppell Middle School North on Tuesday. The Cowgirls defeated Lovejoy, 15-13. Kayla Nguyen

As rain falls during the fourth quarter, the crowd anticipates the last few minutes of the match. After close scores and ties throughout the game, cheers erupt from the stands as Coppell senior attack Kate Nelson secures the ball and scores with a minute remaining, securing the win for Coppell girls lacrosse team. 

Coppell defeated Lovejoy, 15-13, on Tuesday evening at Coppell Middle School North. 

The Coppell girls lacrosse team (6-3-0 overall, 5-2-0 in Division II North) is currently second in the division, with Lovejoy (2-5-0, 2-3-0) trailing behind at seventh. 

“Going into the game they felt ready, and practice on Monday was phenomenal,” Coppell coach Emily Doran said.

A back-and-forth game with a one-point difference and tied scores throughout, Coppell did not pull ahead with a significant lead until the fourth quarter.

”In timeout, I challenged them to continue to build the momentum and be the energy changers,” Doran said. “They went out there and executed it beautifully.”

During the fourth quarter, the team made the decision to make sure they controlled possession for the four minutes remaining in the game. In order to do this, Coppell players looked to slow the ball and fast break opportunities instead of pushing them. 

“Once they scored one more, we were like ‘OK, go,” and they scored again and sealed the deal so we could stall,” Doran said. “That was definitely a shift from our opportunities and what we practiced going into this game.”

With a mentality of keeping the score within three points, Coppell succeeded and came out of the game victorious. Significant plays in the fourth quarter contributed to the lively atmosphere and quicker pace.

“There was a play at the end where we were on defense and Ally Gunnels got the interception, ran it down, passed it to Kate, Kate passed to me and I scored,” Coppell senior midfield Sydney Gunnels said. “It was an all around team effort from defense to offense.”

The game started 30 minutes prior to its scheduled time of 7:30 p.m in anticipation of rain. Light showers started in the fourth quarter.

Coppell plays at Highland Park on Thursday.

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Sabah Uddin
Sabah Uddin, Staff Writer
Sabah Uddin is a junior and first year staffer for The Sidekick. She joined The Sidekick since she is newer to the district and wanted to find out more about what is happening in the Coppell community.  Sabah is a big fan of organization. She has ten detailed pinterest boards and at least five meticulous spotify playlists (one for each year as well as two different kinds of study music). In her free time she likes reading fantasy books, traveling and eating her favorite candy, sour patch kids. She will hopefully be getting her license in September (although she still struggles with parallel parking). Outside of The Sidekick, Sabah is a member of and competitor for the CHS DECA chapter. She also volunteers at the Islamic Center and works at Gideon Learning Center. She hopes to pursue a business related career since she sees many opportunities in the field. You can contact Sabah through email at [email protected] or on instagram @sabahhh.u

Kayla Nguyen
Kayla Nguyen, Executive Photography Editor
Kayla is a junior and the Executive Photography Editor for The Sidekick. She loves music and trying out new coffee shops with friends. Kayla loves taking photos and is especially a fan of sports photography. Outside of The Sidekick she loves running her digital camera instagram account (@kaylasdigicams) and going to work.

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