BY KENSLEY STILL ON FEBRUARY 21, 2014
With the start of the new season, women’s soccer hopes for a successful year in a brand new conference.
In preparation for tryouts, the team has been participating in practices after school.
“Off-season training has actually taken a hit due to the snow and the extreme weathers,” coach Tim Dameron said. “We’ve only had two workout days so far, but both were very well-attended and went extremely well.”
Due to the new conference, Dameron is unsure about how the season will turn out. According to Dameron, five out of the seven schools in the conference are completely new teams for Rose soccer. In addition to the change in conference, women’s soccer lost ten seniors with the end of the last season.
“It’s the most seniors we’ve ever lost,” Dameron said, “the most we’ve ever lost before that was four.”
Along with the new conference comes many positive factors, such as less travel and lower-ranked teams. In comparison to last year’s Wilmington conference, the girls have a better chance at becoming conference champs in the new conference.
“The Wilmington conference was ridiculously good for women’s soccer,” Dameron said.
Last year’s conference had one team almost every year play in the final four of the state championship, whereas teams in the new conference have not been as consistently successful.
“I know it will be better in terms of travel and performance,“ Dameron said, “you would assume that since the classifications are lower for three of the [seven] schools that it would be easier as well.”
Senior Lyda Sypawka agrees with Dameron. “I think we’re going to do a lot better this year,” Sypawka said.
Along with winning many games, Sypawka’s goal for the season is to grow closer to her teammates, both old and new. To replace the ten seniors from last year, many new girls will be joining this season. Freshman Sara Young has attended the practices so far and is very excited to join the team.
“We’ve been scrimmaging and playing small-sided games,” Young said, “It’s been a lot of fun.”
Soccer is not all fun and games, however; Young is motivated to have a great season and has high hopes for the team to become conference champions.
“So far it looks like we have a really good team,” Young said, “I’m excited to see how it goes.”
With the start of the season underway, the soccer girls are anxious yet excited to see how the season will turn out.
Speaking for the team, Dameron says, “Our goal for the season is simple: we’re going to do what we do and we’re going to get better everyday.”