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The girls soccer team practices for their upcoming matches.

The girls soccer team practices for their upcoming matches.

Jesse Bond

Jesse Bond

The girls soccer team practices for their upcoming matches.

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While girls soccer has just eight seniors on their roster, they are not worried about a lack of experience.

     “It’s kind of turning into clockwork for these girls,” head girls soccer coach Stacy Salgado said. “They know what to do, and the seniors are really there to help. I think they’ve also done a great job integrating the younger players and making them feel welcome.”

     This year’s squad features 11 returning players, including senior captains Meg Rogan and Ruby Siegel, as well as juniors Hadley Bushala, Keara Kerr, and Annika DeStefano.

     “We have such a strong group of eight seniors who have already done an incredible job of leading the team in offseason workouts, and making the new players feel welcome,” Rogan said. “The skill of the group is also going to be a leading aspect of our success this coming season with the variety of positions we all play and the depth of skill we bring.”

      Rogan added that this year’s squad feature players from four different club teams, making it a slightly more arduous process to find a consistent style of play.

    “We’re a possession team,” Coach Salgado said. “We like to work the ball from the back. We also have lots of speed, and a lot of great attacking players, and I think a huge strength for us is our senior leadership and our junior leadership.”

     Salgado noted that the squad’s confidence level is high thanks to the effort and skill of their upperclassmen.

     Although the team has high expectations and trust in their system, one of their biggest challenges will be treating each and every game the same way.

     “Typically when we struggle is when we think we’re playing lesser teams and we don’t show up, so we want to show up to every game with the same mindset,” Salgado said.

    If the team plays to their strengths and keeps a level-headed attitude this season, they are poised for success on and off the field. The combination of experienced returning players and skillful underclassmen will play a big role in the team’s success and potential down the road.

     “The goals we have set for ourselves as a team this year are really ambitious, and I think we have the mentality and skill to achieve them,” Rogan added. “The team this year is so strong and we have all brought a competitive edge to practice that will strengthen our game play.”

     The Kits are on the road against Glenbrook South tonight, and then travel to South Carolina for two games against local teams.

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