by Jamie Harris
The Berkeley Springs Lady Indians soccer team will be hitting the pitch this season with four returning seniors and an experienced mix of underclassmen. Right now the team has developed a good teamwork and friend- ship approach while practicing last week and during the preseason conditioning. The team has bonded and plan to hit play as a united front this season.
Seniors Camdyn Huntley, Maisie Gill-Newton, Maria Rotella and Nataley Olson have been sharing their experiences and guiding their teammates with encouragement and tips on moving the ball, according to head coach Steve Havermale.
The freshmen class is coming in strong with speed and agility led by Albani Cirgliano and Georgia Powell. Another freshman Scarlett Swink will be showcasing her talents as a goalie. “With our main goal keeper graduating last year and our backup goalie moving over the summer, I was worried going into the season not having an experienced keep. Alongside Swink, the Lady Indians will also have Miyah Saville (junior) in the net as well,” stated Havermale.
Ayla Bard, Lilly Morgan and Melissa Seabright, along with the team, have been working on different formations which will allow defensive solidity, coupled with flexibility up front which means the team can attack knowing they are not leaving themselves open in the back.
With enthusiasm and energy, Ivy Hale, Tenacious Ray and Kaydence Tranter will be rounding out the newest team members to the Lady Indians this fall.
Michael Powell joins the team as assistant coach and his fresh approach, creativity and passion for the game has helped drive the team out of their comfort zone and look at a range of different playing styles.
“We are working on formations that spread out the op- posing team and increases passing options. The central midfield and defenders will limit the oppositions attacking. Front players have flexibility where they can end up and overload the other team’s defense. We are striving to be a pushing force going for- ward and a solid unit at the back,” stated Coach Havermale.