New Team, Big Shoes

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Another year for the CHS women’s soccer team’s season has started, and it started on a good note. With a lot of success so far, the team is starting off the season strong.

Like all high school teams, there is a mixture of athletes from all grades. From new freshmen to veteran seniors, there can be pretty different perspectives on the team and its players. Katie Rhodes is a new freshman on the team but not new to soccer. She has been playing for years, including throughout middle school and on club teams.

“At first, I didn’t think we weren’t going to do so well, but starting at our practices, we’ve been doing a lot better,” said Rhodes when asked about the season ahead.

There are other players who would agree that the season will be successful, but realize they are treading on new turf. With seniors from last year graduating, the soccer team is taking on a new wave of freshmen; the team has to, in a sense, start over when it comes to introductions and trust. The team has big shoes to fill, coming from a track record of three consecutive championships in the last three years. Trust and cooperation, between everyone, is a necessary component to continuing that record.

“I think it’s hard to tell. I think we have a lot of potential and we just have to see where it goes,” said Lauren Gilliam, senior team captain.

“I think, right now, the problem is just that we don’t really know each other that well, so I think we just need to develop a mutual trust and once we do that, it’ll be a lot better,” said Ashley Hong, sophomore team member.

Even with all the new freshmen, this year’s leaders will draw from their past three and a half years of experience to guide their team in the right direction.

There is a lot that comes with being a senior on the team, and Gilliam likes that.

“I guess I like having more responsibility,” said Gilliam.

Being a leader means that you are being looked up to by all the people around you. All the players, especially younger players, rely on their captains and older teammates to be pillars of stability and confidence as they go through the season.

“I definitely look up to all the seniors for advice, especially when it comes to soccer. But not just inside soccer, outside of soccer too. I’ll talk to them too if I need help,” said Hong.

There is a general consensus among team members that the season ahead will be a good one. With the whole team dynamic changing, however, there will be some struggles that the team will have to overcome.