Girls Soccer Team Proves Dedication


• Rayna Dressel, Staff Writer

To make a strong and agile soccer team, the girls soccer coaches enacted a mandatory early morning conditioning practice. From Monday the 18th through Wednesday the 21st, the girls soccer team got together at 5:50 a.m. to do intense conditioning for about an hour and a half. On Thursday of that same week, every girl had to pass a fitness test. If they didn’t pass the test, they would have to retake it until they did. The girls had 23 minutes to complete a series of rigorous exercises including running laps.

“The drills we did really helped my ability to change directions quickly, move my feet faster, and get into better shape,” Freshman Marina Thomson said.  “It was fun to be able to condition together as a team. I feel that we are all closer now than we were before. After the morning practices, I felt very good and more energized for my classes the rest of the day. Overall, I liked the experience of the morning practices, and I feel like I am in a lot better shape.”

While some girls enjoyed the practices, others did not. “The fitness test was honestly probably the worst thing I’ve done,” Freshman Emmy Herzog said. “I know a few girls who got sick and it was pretty bad but I guess whatever it takes to be good at a sport.”

After a week of practice, Coach Karyea expressed his pride in the girls effort. “This week was great. I didn’t know what to expect. It was the first time having morning practices at this school. I am very proud of the effort everyone gave the coaches.”