WOODS CROSS – When Woods Cross Wildcats girls’ soccer coach Dave Newman said his team this year was “small,” he didn’t mean it in terms of the size of his players.
He was referring to the size of his roster.
With only 28 players on the varsity squad, Newman said the roster size will be small, but the talent level will be strong as the Wildcats move ahead in the 2014 season.
“We’ve got 10-15 really good players that are going to give a lot of our opponents trouble,” he said. “They’re strong, physical players that will prove to be a little daunting against some of these other teams. Even when we lost (to Weber) we showed that we will be a physical bunch of players.”
Among the good group of players this season will be returnees Kyra Fawcett and Eden Jacobsen, both of whom will be captains on this year’s team.
Others Newman mentioned were Alyssa Mann and Kennedy Yost. Both will see time playing in a forward position and will be part of a very competitive front line.
“I feel confident in our forwards this season,” Newman said. “I think it’s safe to say you could put our forward line against just about anybody and be able to compete and win. We will also have some good players in the back line as well.”
One of those back line players is sophomore Amanda Mangleson, who has shown Newman that she’s a solid defender, and will be one of the players counted on to keep the opposition from scoring on what will be a young player at goal keeper.
McKenzie Cable and Rachel Noel each played in the 4-0 shutout win over Orem last week. Both; however, made mistakes that led to Weber scoring three goals against them in a 3-1 loss.
“With 14 games to play there are going to be mistakes,” Newman said. “It’s a position we’ll be paying attention to as we get into region play.”
Overall, he said, the team looks balanced with experience, leadership and the ability to score and play solid defense, which he’s hoping will translate to a more exciting season.
“Region play is really tough with those added teams from last year,” he said. “High school soccer has a whole different feel to it, but once we really get going we’re going to be tough to beat.”
Woods Cross finished 9-8 overall last season and was 9-5 in Region 6. The Wildcats lost the play-in game to Highland 3-2.
Lady Wildcats 2014 schedule
8-21 @ Kearns
8-28 @ Highland
9-4 @ East
9-9 JUDGE MEMORIAL
9-11 @ Bountiful
9-25 @ Cyprus
10-2 @ Judge Memorial