One last time for soccer seniors

Seniors Alexa LoBasso and Gabriella Vogel step in for one play on senior night


With a flower bouquet in hand, senior Alexa LoBasso walks down the field, escorted by her family on senior night. LoBasso started on the team as a freshman and knew this night would not be easy. “I have seen everyone else do it for the past three years and now it was my turn,” LoBasso said. “It was an emotional moment.”

Meredyth Rennaker

Stepping on the soccer field one last time in their high school career, injured seniors Alexa LoBasso and Gabriella Vogel went into the game on senior night, Monday, Jan. 6. LoBasso and Vogel both sat out this soccer season because of soccer-related injuries.

“During my last growth spurt, my hip ball grew extra bone,” LoBasso said. “The extra bone rubbed against my labrum and tore it, but it tore from playing soccer.”

Vogel was injured early-on the 2019-2020 soccer season during a game.

“My injury happened at a soccer game,” Vogel said. “I was trying to save a goal and I stepped weird.”

Since Vogel and LoBasso were injured, they could not play for long or extensively. The girls made a play that was short and not too physical.

“The referees blew the whistle to start the game, then our player just kicked it out of bounds,” LoBasso said. “My friend and I, who were injured, stepped off.”

Vogel and LoBasso are graduating with the class of 2020 and this is their last high school soccer season. Both girls have been on the team since their freshman year.

“I have been dreaming of playing on senior night since I was a freshman,” Vogel said. “The fact that I actually got to was pretty cool.”

LoBasso is not ending her soccer career after this high school season. She is committed to play soccer for Stetson University in DeLand, Florida after she graduates.

“After high school, I am going to Stetson University to play soccer and major in Health Sciences,” Lobasso said.

When the seniors were being presented, players on the team and family cried. There are a few soccer games left, counting down to the last game that the seniors would play in their high school career.

“Playing on senior night meant a lot to me,” LoBasso said. “Being able to go on the field and to put my uniform on for one more time.”