Sunday, May 13, 2012

With spring sports concluding, soccer players should start preparing for the fall

Though spring athletes are definitely ready for a break as their seasons come to an end, the fall sports season is just around the corner. That's why it's important not to forget how their last season ended.

While that means there's room to improve after a disappointing year for some, the teams that were successful shouldn't forget how they got there. But as seniors are already getting fitted for their caps and gowns, underclassmen need to be reminded that their teams will need new leaders to step up and make a difference next fall.

If a team played poorly last year, there's obvious pressure to perform better, but for others like the Peabody High School girls soccer team, next year's squad will have a tough act to follow.

In 2011, the girls headed into the Massachusetts Division 1 state championship game with a 21-0-2 record. Both teams were scoreless until there was only 3:26 left in the game, when Peabody senior Katie Brunelle broke the tie with a the goal that ended up being the difference, finalizing an undefeated season and locking down the state title.

"It was kind of a special bus ride [home after the game] because we were just thinking about the season and were like, 'Wow, we made history,'" Peabody junior Hayley Dowd told the source.

Dowd and other underclassmen on the team have big shoes to fill next fall, and now is the time for them to get ready. Whether that means hitting the gym or using practice soccer goals at their homes, they must start preparing to make a difference as soon as possible.

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