Fall Sports Preview 2019: Girls’ Soccer
|09/21||Notre Dame Academy|
|09/22||West Jessamine High|
Abby Miller | Sports Writer
They’ve already scored goals, but now they’re setting even bigger ones.
The season has begun for the Mason Women’s Soccer team, and their offense has already proven to be explosive with 8 goals scored in the first two games.
Head Coach Andy Schur said that this year’s team has already outlined their goals, and focusing on the details will be vital.
“We want to be really really good in certain areas during every game,” Schur said. “We want to try and get as many shutouts as we can, we want to be really good on 50 50 balls, and we want to be really unselfish.”
The team has high hopes for the season, but along with success on the field, some of the upperclassmen are hoping to be good mentors to the younger girls on the team. One of the team captains, senior Bethany Moser, said she feels like it is important to prepare the underclassmen and help them in anyway possible.
“We are focusing on leadership a lot … we’re focused on giving them the experience that we had and making sure that they get how to face the adversity that we’re going to face,” Moser said.
This is the youngest team in 11 years. Despite the youth, including 8 sophomores and 1 freshman, the team feels they are not lacking leadership.
The seniors on the team don’t just bring energy and positivity, but also enthusiasm. Senior Nicole Onweller, 3rd year varsity forward, feels like the team has appropriately prepared for this season, and are ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
“We’ve done a lot of practicing, we conditioned all summer long, we lifted all summer, and then we lift through the season, too,” Onweller said. “Lots of practice and getting familiar with each other because we brought a lot of kids up this year, so team chemistry is really important.”
This team may be young, but they’re powerful. Schur said he believes that this team has a lot of potential to build a legacy.
“It really, I think, gives us a look at a very bright future, and something we’re really excited about,” Schur said. “I think it’s great that these young players have such strong older players to emulate and learn from over the course of this season, so that when they’re in that same position, they can take players under their wing, and teach them what it means to play in this program.”
Photo by Mia Sweitzer.