By: Daniel Furtmann
The girls’ varsity soccer program is looking to finish out their season with success. They won two state championships in the past five years. With their 11 seniors, they are hoping to add yet another state championship to their collection.
Many great players have risen to the challenge this season and will help the team strive to achieve this goal. Among these players are junior forward Isabella DeAvila and sophomore striker Peyton Layne.
Head coach Tom White said, “The girls have done a good job of learning from last year and have realized the importance of putting the team first.
”This season is also very important as next season comes with a lot of change.There are 11 seniors this year and potentially only eight returning players going into next season, according to Coach White. After seven years, he is stepping down as head coach, which will bring a major shift in leadership.
White said, “I am stepping down to focus on my graduate school, my masters, my family, and to be the best dean that I can be”.
Next year will be a rebuilding year for the program with the loss of so many key members. Finishing off this season strong would be a great send off for Coach White.
The girls can also attribute their success to a new addition to the girls soccer program, JV head coach Tracy Addison. While she may be the JV coach, she has helped all the girls out tremendously. Senior captain Jacque Culver says the girls love having the perspective of a female for a female team.
Fellow senior captain Alexa Clatt also said that Addison “fills in the gap of their old assistant coach Steve Bischoff.”
The girls said Bischoff was a very influential coach that helped them push through the hardships of past seasons and has a great personality. He and White had a unique bond that helped guide the team and that uniqueness is seen in Coach Addison as well.
The girls are hoping for the best results as they push on into playoffs. They started out the playoffs in the top eight, which guaranteed them a first round bye, followed by a home victory on February 15th versus Marana Mountain View, and a double-overtime, penalty-kick win against Vail Cienega on February 18th. The hope is that they continue their current eight-game win streak all the way to the state championship on February 25th, but first, they must battle the #1 seed Chandler Casteel on February 22nd.