Senior Night Focuses on Family

Players line up to make their way out onto the field for the last time of their regular season on Monday Night. For seniors, this was their last walkout ever on their home field, making it an emotional night. “I wanted to play my heart out and give it my all for the team and my fellow seniors. The overall feel of the night was absolutely unforgettable, the team was passionate and determined, the fans were amazing and supportive, and each and every player left everything they had on the field,” said Victoria Parker, 12.


Katy Penquite, 11, warms up with the team on Senior Night. Almost all players on the team wore purple in their hair to support their teammate, Aleah Whaley and her family. “[The] soccer team means a lot to me, they are like my family. This year’s seniors have greatly affected the past couple of seasons because they have been fantastic leaders and taught me how to have fun and push through hard times,” said Penquite.


After successfully stopping a goal, Gabbi Espinoza, 12, punts the ball to the other side of the field. Senior Night for Gabbi means she’ll be passing the baton of goalie to her younger sister, Isabella Espinoza, 10, at the end of the season. “Izzy was cheering me on from the beginning. We were down at the half and I was upset. As soon as I came out, Izzy came over to hand me my water and lift me up,” said Espinoza about her sister.


Daniel Madden, 12, cheers enthusiastically after West Lafayette scores a goal on Senior Night. Atmosphere at the game picked up when the score was tied 3-3 by West Lafayette’s Aleah Whaley with 30 seconds to go, even though, in the end, West Lafayette suffered the loss. “The atmosphere was different than any other game. We had an amazing time even with the unfortunate outcome. As a senior, the game felt more intense because I knew it was the last time my friends would play one of the rival schools,” said Madden.


Players and fans from Harrison and West Lafayette alike wear purple in support of Alzheimer’s awareness. This disease directly affects the father of West Lafayette’s own senior soccer star Aleah Whaley.  “Organizing the the purple theme was important to me because I knew how much this game mattered to Aleah. It became clear her dad would not be able to make it to her senior night so I wanted to show her the abounding support and love this community has for her and her family,” said Abby Hummels, 12, who began organizing the theme the Monday before the game.

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