The lack of experience this season also fueled some doubt in Savage when she stepped on the field; however, her teammates were always there to pick her up.
“I tried really hard,” she said. “I was petrified every time they put me in the goal. I was always really scared because I didn’t want to let the team down.
“Molly Jones reminded me in the last game, ‘Savage don’t even worry about it, because when I come back on defense no one scores.’”
In addition to her duty as one of the team’s goalies, Savage also played a limited time at the left-mid position for the Lady Bulldogs — another area she lacked experience at before this season.
“She was trying to learn two positions this year, and she had never played either,” Brown said. “Sometimes I’d put her on the field, sometimes I’d put her in the goal for some time. It’s not easy on any player. She definitely improved over the season, so that’s another plus.”
While Savage improved this season, she admits the year was about more than just an individual performance.
The second-year player understands the Lady Bulldogs won and lost as a team, as a family.
“I wouldn’t call myself the best player on the team by a long shot,” Savage said. “I’m just so proud of my whole team. It is insane how much our team is there for each other and how we have each other’s back.
“When I ran cross country, it was way more individual and singular,” she added, “but Raiders and soccer have taught me it is so much more about the team.”