Girls Soccer Team Moves Up to Red Division and Finds Confidence



Shraddha Vemuri ‘23 in possession of the ball makes an effort to clear the ball from Edison’s side goal.


The girls varsity soccer team 2022 season has come to a close with a record of 9–10–1. 

After being in the White Division for the past couple of years, Edison moved up to the challenging Red Division during the 2022 season. It ended up ninth in the GMC, finishing in the top half of the Red Division. 

During its senior night, the varsity team secured a victory of 4–0 against South Brunswick. The team followed up with a 2–1 victory against Marlboro.

Shraddha Vemuri ‘23 opening up to receive Kayden Aravena ‘25 ball toss into play. IDHIKA TURYA ’24)

“The Marlboro game was great because although we were expected to lose, we played well the whole game as a team, and even when they tied it up, we continued playing well and ended up winning,” said outside back Victoria Charles ‘24.

Many players felt unsure of themselves at the beginning of the season since they moved up to a higher division with competitive teams. However, they gained morale and a confidence boost in their abilities as the season progressed. 

One specific game that symbolized the hard work and dedication of the team was the 3–0 win against JPS in the first round of the NJSIAA tournament. Edison started slow but was able to pick it up by regrouping during halftime to win.

“Any of the J.P. Stevens games were amazing since there was a higher level of intensity and desire to win because of the rivalry, which made the game much more fun,” said center back Abby Knott ‘24.

Star goalkeeper player Ghelsey Go ‘24 was named one of the top keepers to watch in the GMC in the preseason poll and made 192 saves this year.

“I feel like a challenge I, along with the rest of the team, overcame was being seen as the underdogs in the division,” said Go. “Especially since we were in a lower division last year and moved up to the Red Division this year, we were expected to lose lots of games, but we ended up with a good record by the end of the season.”

Go describes a memorable game during the season in which Edison played against Old Bridge and lost 01. Edison was nervous about playing against Old Bridge after losing against them 04 last year but held its ground and went into overtime, ending the game 00. Even though Edison lost, its players were still satisfied, knowing they held their own against solid teams like Old Bridge. 

Ghelsey Go ’24 taken possession of the ball and ready to take a goalie kick to clear the ball. (IDHIKA TURYA ’24)

“I feel like my proudest moment was when I was able to keep Old Bridge out of the net until double OT with the help of the rest of the team of course, especially my backline,” said Go. “We were still proud of that game because we were expected to be blown out, and personally, this was one of my best games.”

Throughout the course of the season, Edison’s determination was the driving factor in keeping it going. 

“I think this season the girls were able to gain confidence in their abilities to play at a higher level. They know what it takes in order to compete with the best, and they are already hungry to grow and improve for next season,” said Head Coach Cailin Murelli.