Soccer hopes for more shut outs this season
Eleven new players create questions for Coach McCorkle
Published: Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 15:08
The ‘Belles will head to New Mexico Sept. 5 to take on New Mexico Highlands University.
This year the team took in 11 freshmen, which means a lot of young players will get an opportunity to step up, Head Coach Travis McCorkle said.
“This season will be about answering questions,” McCorkle said. “Our main question is who is going to lead the charge at front, scoring goals. None of our forwards are returning starters, but we have had a very good group of core players come in. Last year we didn’t score as many goals as I thought we could have, so this year we are going to lean on our freshmen a lot. They are going to have to really step up and create and finish goal opportunities.”
The team came back a week early for captain practice and to begin working with their large group of fresh players.
“I’m really excited about the season,” freshman defender Danielle Lewis said. “It’s definitely a really big transition from high school. Everyone is meshing really well as far as personalities go and we are looking forward to a good season.”
McCorkle said the team is looking for progress this year and more shutouts will be the key defensively.
“If we can get more shutouts than last year, it will make a difference for our team’s success because, as a young team, I don’t believe we will have three or four goals a game,” he said. “Hopefully I am wrong, but right now I haven’t seen my freshmen enough to know what we are going to do.”
The returning players are helping to teach the new ‘Belles their strategies, McCorkle said.
“They are going to have to help accelerate the learning curve with our freshmen more than ever, and this year they are more prepared than before because they’ve had good teachers in the past,” he said.
McCorkle said he hopes the students and clubs continue to come out to home games and support the team as they did last year.
“The practices are going great,” junior defender Caitlyn Conaway said. “I think this could be our best year. The freshman came on really strong and everyone is doing extremely well. It’s a lot to take on but since everyone came early we have begun to create a bond.”