By Joshua Eibl
The soccer season is right around the corner for the Lady Builders.
After their last season’s overall record of 9-7-2 the Lady Builders are trying to improve from where they were last season. In addition, because of COVID-19 and the associated circumstances the team has different goals and objectives to achieve said Joe Wood, head women’s soccer coach.
With social distancing and a larger team, it was tougher to come together and create a team bonding feeling. They had to spend less time in meetings so it is harder to get to know each other and to be a family.
Due to other teams in the conference facing the same situation, the team was still picked to finish seventh by fellow league coaches.
The toughest teams to beat are arguably Oklahoma Wesleyan and Friends, which got ranked first and second in the KCAC preseason coaches’ poll.
“The goal has to be to move up in conference and to be in a position to battel in every game,” said Wood.
With 16 incoming freshmen, they have more players at their roaster than ever before. With that comes a lot of competition for the starting spots. While they lost a couple of seniors last season, these freshmen are ready to step into those spots and make an impact immediately.
New coach, Lee Howarth, assistant men’s and women’s soccer coach, has done a good job and prepared the goalies perfectly for the upcoming challenges said Wood.
Emily Sutton, senior goalkeeper, was the starting goalie for the last three season and will graduate this fall. There will be big shoes to fill for the spring.
However, the Lady Builders are very fortunate to have two other talented goalkeepers, who are ready to step in and play said Howarth.
“Every time you play the No. 1 team in the conference in the home opener, it’s always a mixed feeling,” said Wood. “They don’t know what we have, we don’t know what they have and neither one of us have seen each other play through film so I’m excited. The girls will work their tails off.”
The women open their first conference game on Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Winfield against the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles.