The U15 Wildfire girls soccer team is off to a strong start this season. Photo supplied

U15 Wildfire girls 3-1 to start the season

The U15 Wildfire girls select soccer team is off to a strong start this season, gelling as a team.

With three wins and one loss, the girls are consistently pushing themselves in training sessions and games. For most players, it’s their first official season of playing 11 aside soccer. All have adjusted well.

The girls truly play as a unit and are comfortable with each other on the field. In addition to training on the pitch, the team has also engaged in goal-setting and game analysis sessions. They’ve discussed what’s expected of a student-athlete, and enjoyed several team bonding activities.

Each is playing inspired soccer. The love of ‘The beautiful game’ is what keeps players connected and willing to keep pushing themselves to being the best player they can be.

The Wildfire has a solid goalkeeping duo with Monet Ghinis and Cassandra Campbell. Together, these two girls pose an intimidating obstacle for the opposing offence.

The defensive core is teamed primarily by Caitlyn Follis, Elena Bonneau, Lucie Cardinal, Jenna Cook, Ella West, Sarah Banks, and back from a year in Australia – Bella Olson. These ladies work fantastically well together and are a formidable group of defenders. They often give opposing attackers fits and play soundly together as a unit. Wildfire’s midfielders include Hannah Barrios-Langhelt, MacKenzie Stevens, Sydney Howe, Carly Tutt, Chloe Edmondson, Sarah Messana and Rowan Hoyseth. These girls do an excellent job at building the attack and applying pressure on opposing team’s attack through the middle third. Strikers often include Cassandra Campbell, Elena Bonneau, Sarah Messana and MacKenzie Stevens. These girls are goal hungry and capitalize on key opportunities. On the other hand, they also possess the ability to see pressure, keep the ball, build from somewhere else, and re-engage the attack.

The Wildfire is fortunate that most girls are capable of playing more than one position, which allows flexibility. In addition, the girls have the opportunity to learn the sport more thoroughly and become well rounded soccer athletes.

The parent support on the team is outstanding – a huge thank-you to them from the coaching staff and players.

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