After wrapping up the 2012-2013 campaign with a district championship, a 14-0 record in district competition and a trip to the regional quarterfinals, the Grapevine girls soccer team is optimistic about its chances this coming season.
Coach Ryan Davis said the team is looking good in practice early on and said he believes his team is capable of picking up right where it left off last season.
“Things are shaping up well,” Davis said. “We are excited to get going. There is a good vibe about the group this year.”
The Lady Mustangs have a couple of strong returning players from last season, including captains Tori Bowman, Brooke Ramsey and Taylor Braun, all of whom will be play Division I soccer next season at the University of Kentucky, Texas State and the University of Oklahoma respectively.
Davis said the objectives for this coming season are twofold.
“We always want to compete for a district title,” Davis said. “Our goal for this year is surpass what we accomplished last year with our playoff run and go deeper in the playoffs.”
In order to accomplish these things, Davis said he believes it will take a couple of things.
“It's kind of hard to tell what we need at this point with its being so early,” Davis said. “But we definitely have the leadership, and we will have to have that again this season. We also need to play together as a team, because we do have a couple of new girls in the mix. We do have good depth this year, as well, so there will be some competition. We need to see who fits where at this point, and that is what we are trying to accomplish ... we are just trying to put one foot in front of the other right now.”
• Over at Colleyville Heritage, the Lady Panthers wrapped up the district season with a 7-3-4 mark, good enough for third place overall, and played in the bi-district round where they lost to Hebron 1-0.
Coach Misail Tsapos said that he is feeling good about his team so far and said that he is impressed with the chemistry he is already seeing develop.
“We're pretty excited about his year,” Tsapos said. “We have a lot of new faces on varsity this season and a lot of young and enthusiastic players. We have a good mix of players with experience and then younger players that are eager to get out there and prove themselves.”
Tsapos said some of his stronger returning players include Logan Brandt and Molly Mayes.
“They are probably the two players who, as seniors, will be leading the team,” Tsapos said.
The Colleyville Heritage coach said he expects strong seasons from Taylor Hamzy and Shine Pickler as well.
Tsapos said there are three major goals for his team for this coming season.
“We divide the season into thirds,” Tsapos said. “In the non-district schedule, we just want to get better every game. The level of competition is pretty high, which will make the team better. Our goal in district is to be in the top four. We would like to win it, but the most important thing is getting in.
“Then once we are in, we would like to think that we have the capability of getting past the first round of the playoffs this year.”