'Heading' to the top: WCS Girls' Soccer is off to a hot start for 2017
Written by: Ellen Paddock
Warsaw’s Girls’ Soccer Team is an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with, racking up their latest win over regional powerhouse Cal-Mum Thursday night before beating Letchworth on homecoming 2-0..
Your lady tigers are kicking off the 2017 season with a 6-1-1 record. They plan to dominate all the way to sectional finals, and this time take the crown.
In 2013, Head Coach Scott Laubenheimer redirected the program. In his first year the team only snagged one win all season. However, after four years of hard work and style adjustments WCS soccer was unbeatable with 16 consecutive wins- the most in WCS soccer history.
In 2016 the team had a record season finishing second in the section.
Captains Grace Wolf, Hannah Fusani, Lauren Howard, and Meryl Wakefield will lead their team in upcoming games this week. They plan to continue their home turf winning streak this homecoming highlight match Sept. 23, against rival Letchworth who they beat solidly last season.
The Tigers are co-coached by Gino Casseri and Jeff Royce, who helped shape the team philosophy.
“Keep possession of the ball,” Wolf said of they way the team has found success. “Use the width of the field, move and shift as a team.”
Players to watch include Wolf and junior Riley Mucher. Currently, Wolf leads the team with four goals and one assist. Wolf has been an asset to this program since 7th grade she is composed, smart, and patient on the field.
Mucher is another key player with two goals and seven assists. Other standout players include; captain Hannah Fusani, she finished with 6 goals and 3 assists in 2016, Savannah Till, who ended last season with 14 goals and 7 assists for a total of 35 points, and Wakefield, an aggressive player, who added 7 goals and 2 assists.
“Our playing style is very different than most teams out there because it's more difficult,” said Fusani. “We possess a lot more than other teams we face and our playing style is very effective.”
Warsaw fans and student body should be excited to experience such a unique and diverse highschool team. These athletes are very motivated, focussed, and determined to make the most of every opportunity on the field. These attributes will lead to a season worth noting.