by MARTY ZIER
The Viking girls Soccer team boldly takes on the upcoming season with only 12 players, including three eighth graders pulled up to make a team viable.
Coach Chama Anderson confidently said she feels really good about the team. Although realistic, Anderson is familiar with small teams and has led teams to great success in the past.
Despite a low number of players for Orcas, the Vikings are not alone, according to Anderson, with both Concrete and Mt. Vernon Christian soccer teams struggling with about 12 players each. Anderson quickly adapted and changed her coaching strategy to accommodate the 80 minutes of playing time required from each player for each game.
Specifically, practices will focus on physical recovery and technical training to elevate skill level and decrease injuries while games will essentially become the “hard practice.”
Anderson’s goals for the young team are “to keep my team healthy, strong with unity amongst the players.”
With only two seniors leading the team, Diansa Anuenue and Shelbi Rogers, and no juniors, the young team remains solidly committed and strong, according to Anderson.
Come out and watch these girls play. In coach Anderson’s last year, she is intent on passing on the legacy of Viking girls’ soccer to her young team.