Regina Soccer Beats Res Bandits, Has Successful Season

Mary Berg, Editor-in-Chief

The Regina Dominican soccer team has undoubtedly had a spectacular season, on and off the field. This team of 17 athletes and three coaches has had a winning record this season of 8-7-1 in a very competitive conference, compared to last year’s record of 7-6-5. Also, for the first time in recent memory, the soccer team beat Resurrection by a considerable margin.

Head Coach Kyle McClure says,”Our biggest breakthrough this season, and my favorite moment, was beating our conference rival Resurrection 3-0 after losing to them last year.”

Assistant Coach Katie Pins ‘ also said that, “Our game against Resurrection was fantastic. We came out really strong in the first half and dominated play. In the second half, we refused to shift momentum. It was a great game!”

The win against Resurrection was undoubtedly a highlight of the team’s season, and they couldn’t have accomplished it without putting in a lot of work at practice and in every game. The team practices every day Monday through Saturday when there aren’t games, and even runs before school some days.

Sarah Allworth ’16 says that “Other than the morning runs, our typical practice starts with a warmup, stretching, running our plays, shooting games, possession, sprints, and working on aggression.”

This hard work in practice and on the field has especially paid off for senior captian KK Strenk ’15, who this season took a role as a more aggressive, offensive player.

Strenk says,”My greatest accomplishment this year was convincing my coach to play me more forward on the field. So far I’ve gotten some assists and goals, which makes me really proud.”

In addition to being a team competitive on the field, the soccer team has become somewhat of a family.

Allworth says, “This season we have done a lot of bonding outside of practice and games, which makes us very close.”

Having a positive team atmosphere and a winning record has proven to be a very rewarding season for all of the athletes and their coaches.

Pins says,”I’m so proud our team has come together as a cohesive group. We are a team on and off the field. Coaching this team has been very rewarding for me. I truly enjoy the time I’ve spent getting to know this awesome group of girls.”

As this year draws to a close, Head Coach McClure has ambitious plans for next season.

He says, “Next season I would like to see us start to increase our numbers so that we can eventually support a JV team, which would provide our soccer program with more depth and more opportunity for player development. We have a good freshman class this year, so if we can get another strong freshman class in behind them our soccer program should be able to stay competitive for many years to come.”

Regina Domincan has not had a lasting JV team for several years, and it would be a great accomplishment to see one next season.

Overall, the 2015 Regina Dominican soccer team has represented our school in the best way possible, with both its competitiveness and its strong team bonds.

Finally, with a statement that seems to capture the sentiment of the entire team, Strenk says, “I LOVE SOCCER SEASON.”