Camp Verde girls soccer reader for new season
Coach Mary Taylor looks to improve on last year's team by focusing on setting and achieving goals.
One of those goals, of course, is to take the team farther than they got last year which was fourth in region with a record of 7-6-1 and the first round in the state tournament, losing to Blue Ridge 6-1. Blue Ridge went on to win the tournament.
Last year's team was loaded with injuries, including a broken leg by starting goalie, Heather Travis. This year, they are ahead of the game with fewer injuries, according to coach Taylor.
"We are really focusing on keeping the team healthy and eligible. Those are some of our main goals this season."
Coach Taylor also sits down with each player before game day and goes over goals with them, not only soccer goals for the team, but individual goals which include goals for life and soccer.
"It's great when one of my players comes to me and tells me something she did because she set a goal for herself."
For example Maggie Monroe, a sophomore has been frustrated with herself for waffling kicks and for not connecting well with the ball. Taylor helped Monroe work on her confidence and it paid off as Monroe went one on one with a defender at Round Valley, and placed the ball in the corner of the net, boosting her confidence.
Extensive mental work along with physical may help the team gain an edge over their competition this year.
Seven sophomores and one freshman, half of which are starters, are showing great potential for the team.
Kellie Miller, center-mid & stopper along with Rachel Williams are quite dynamic on the field according to coach Taylor, as well as sweeper, Kimmy Reddell with Tiffany Romero.
Other returning starters adding depth to the team are Cassie Brown, outside-mid; Nicole Betz, outside guard; Jacey Reimer, striker and Kristy Williams, striker.
The team, which only lost three seniors from last season, are looking very strong, healthy and excited to start playing and competing at a top level.
The Cowboys biggest rival is Sedona. Last season, the Cowboys lost to Sedona 4-0 in a scrimmage, 4-0 in a game and tied 2-2 in overtime. Sedona finished first in the region.
"So far the team looks excellent", says Camp Verde boys soccer coach Dave Miller. "They played a real strong game against Round Valley."
The Cowboys just competed in a scrimmage against Round Valley, which they won 6-1.
The team's next test, will be their season opener against Chino Valley at home today at 3 p.m.
Coach Taylor is in her second year as head coach. She is no stranger to Cowboy soccer. She played for the Camp Verde boys soccer team when she went to high school there, because there was no girls team. She also coaches track in the spring.
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