Mansfield Sports

December 30, 2013

Lady Broncos looking for experience to make the difference in 2014

Girls Soccer The team begins play next week with a core of returning players, looking to capture a playoff berth after missing out last year.

The Legacy girls soccer team rallied hard in the second half of district play last season but came up just short in its bid for a postseason berth.

With several players returning from last year's squad, coach Heather Wilson said she believes her team is in a good position to capture one of the top four spots in district this season.

“We're working really hard,” Wilson said. “They really seem to be picking up on things, and I have been very pleased with them so far. We lost a lot of seniors last year, so we are going to have to see who plays best where. But we also have a lot of returners coming back. I think we are in pretty good shape.”

Legacy finished in fifth place in district competition last season in spite of impressive second-half victories over Arlington Seguin, Lake Ridge and Summit.

“We had a really nice run in the second half of district where we played really well, but we tied one game that we could not afford to tie,” Wilson said. “That left us sitting just on the outside.”

Wilson said that she believes 2014 will be a good year for her team because of the experience she has coming back and the desire her players seem to have.

“I really feel like last year was more of a rebuilding year for us, because even though we had a lot of seniors, we did not have a lot of experience,” Wilson said. “This year, we actually have more experience coming back. We're going to be young, but we have returners in key positions that are really going to help us and I feel like we are going to be OK.

Wilson said a big strength for the Lady Broncos this season will be on defense, with the return of last season’s 16-4A defender of the year, Ravyn Gilbert.

Wilson said the goals for this season are the same for this year as they are for any other year.

“Our objectives are always to reach the playoffs and do well and win district,” Wilson said. “The goals since the end of last year, all of our girls have felt like we have unfinished business left on the field, so our motto this year is, 'no unfinished business.'”

The Legacy girls soccer team will open the season with Timberview at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 at R.L. Anderson Stadium.

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