The match against the Gunnison Lady Bulldogs is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the GCHS soccer field. Most of this season’s matches will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“Our team is very athletic. We’ve got really good juniors and a lot of talented freshman playing this year,” said head coach Mike Camps. “We’ll have a good turn out in region.”
Camps will receive coaching help from assistant coaches Taryn Kay and Sarah Rappe.
The team started with open-field practices in mid-summer, and began official practices on Monday, Aug. 12.
“We’re starting to get the feel of everybody else,” said team captain Caitlin Pfnister, a junior at GCHS. “It’s weird to play with other people now that the [seniors] are gone. Everybody is learning something new right now.”
Many Lady Devil varsity soccer players graduated this year and coach Camps said he expects many aspects of the team will change, especially in regard to the scoring load.
“The load will be spread out amongst a bunch of girls. It’s not looking like one girl will take it all,” said Camps. “We’ve got a good core group of girls that will be here for a couple of years.”
Team captain Abbie Camps, a junior, agreed.
“We are a young team this year, so that will be good to work with,” she said. “We are working on all the things necessary to compete at our highest level.”
Though most of the players are younger, the team has three seniors for the 2013 season, coach Camps said.
Several players have been injured pre-season and that has been affecting the team.
“With players hurt we can’t practice positions or go all out like we need to,” Abbie Camps said.
The Lady Devils practice every day after school to build skills and endurance, simultaneously learning how to bring everyone together as a team, according to the coaches. The soccer team took second place in region last year and is aiming for a win in 2013.
“Lots of girls have really decided to step up this year. They want to be on the [varsity] team,” said Pfnister. “Lots of things can happen between now and our first game.”