Girls’ soccer looks to renew itself
This year’s girls’ soccer program has a new look, a new coach, two freshmen and another state championship in the crosshairs. But for now, first year coach Kyle Adams wants to at least put his player’s names’ to memory.
“What I’m hoping for,” Adams said. “Seeing this is my first year with these girls, is getting to know them, them getting to know me and just playing up to their level and up to their ability to get themselves back to a state championship.”
However, they won’t get very far without playing together.
“At present, the main thing is going for team unity and seeing if we can get everyone back to that level,” he said.
Adams is taking over the program after last year’s state title season, coming from two years as the boys’ junior varsity coach to the girls’ varsity.
“My anxieties, initially, were the try-outs, hoping everyone would be willing to accept me as the new coach,” he said. “I don’t have any real anxieties anymore, I just enjoy watching them play. Teach them whatever I can teach them and let them go out and play.”
The switch from boys to girls has its learning curve.
“I’ve got a couple of daughters,” Adams said. “(But I’ve never) really worked with the high school girls. I’ve dealt with boys and they’re definitely two different types of individuals. But (girls) are a lot of fun to be around.”
Senior co-captain Jaimee Froelich has been watching the coach develop.
“Things started out a little shaky because I think we weren’t really used to it,” she said. “Now we’re off to a good start and we’re confident and I think it’ll be a good season.”
His players seem to like him.
“He has different tactics,” Froelich said. “But as far as (his) overall view on soccer and where he thinks people should play, all the basic stuff you need to be a good team, he’s pretty much the same as any other coach.”
This year’s squad features five seniors, nine juniors, three sophomores and even two freshmen.
“These two possess the skills to be playing at this level,” Adams said. “There’s realistically two or three more down at the JV that are real close to possessing the same abilities, too.”
Co-captain Kristine Trudeau agreed.
“They’re awesome,” Trudeau said. “We wouldn’t bring freshmen up to the team unless they really deserved to be there. They’re mentally and physically ready to play varsity.”
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