It was an emotional week for the Zionsville girls soccer team as the girls coped with the loss of former teammate and friend Rachael Fiege on Saturday, Aug. 24.
After a tough 1-0 loss to Avon Monday, Aug. 26, in the days immediately following Fiege's death, the Eagles came together with a 4-0 win against McCutcheon Thursday, Aug. 29, and were ahead 1-0 against Brownsburg Saturday, Aug. 31, before the game was postponed due to lightning.
Zionsville head coach Ramon Aguillon said the girls have dedicated this season to Fiege.
"It has been a really tough week, and the girls are still emotional and fragile," Aguillon said. "We are just helping each other out as a team, and we talk about being a soccer family. That is how we are going to be able to get past it. We have talked about what Rachael meant as a person and a soccer player and what we want to do to honor her by playing well on the field. For the rest of the season, that is what our dedication to be — playing for Rachael and making it special for her family."
Aguillon said the main thing he wants to do is help the girls on the team any way he can.
"It is by far the toughest week we have had as a program and for me as a coach," he said. "The last thing you ever want to see is one of your former or current players pass away. I think it has been very difficult, for people that young to have to go through that is a tragedy, and it has affected them. But going forward, I think some good can come of it because it is going to help them be stronger the rest of their lives."
For more of the story, read the Sept. 4 Times Sentinel.