Through their first 10 games of varsity competition the Lady Bears are a perfect 10-0, hold a 5-0 mark in area play and are the second highest ranked team in class A-AAAAA according to the Laxpower.com power rankings — trailing only top-ranked Westminster.
As they wrapped up spring break last week and prepared to return the field in hopes of claiming the school’s first state playoff berth, head coach Pam Masinko said the stellar start didn’t exactly catch her off guard.
“When I look at the big picture and see 10-0, I am a little surprised. But going through [the schedule] game-by-game I am not at all surprised [with our record],” said Masinko, who came to Cambridge after a successful coaching stint at Roswell.
“This group of kids has bought into the system; they work hard each day and listen to every word to every game plan. I am very pleased with how they have come together so quickly.”
Masinko’s group of 19 players is comprised on one of the youngest rosters in the state (11 freshmen, seven sophomores and one junior) but is also flush with talent — drawing a number of players from the powerhouse at Milton and its renowned feeder programs.
“I knew how fortunate I was drawing girls from an area with a very established youth program, but I couldn’t quantify how much youth and inexperience would weigh into the equation and I didn’t know what to expect coming into the season,” said the Cambridge coach.
So before the season started, Masinko put team building at the forefront of Cambridge’s program building goals, adopting the ‘TEAM ONE, ONE TEAM’ motto before any X’s and O’s were drawn up, stick skills were taught or fundamentals were enhanced.
“I was confident that if we could trust each other, learn from one another and always have each others back we would be able to achieve success…and our biggest key to success thus far has been that team unity,” she said.
The team unity has led to cohesive play on the field, particularly on the offensive end where the Lady Bears are averaging over 17 goals per game — a trend they will try to continue as they enter the toughest part of their schedule later this month.
The Lady Bears will host AAAAAA schools North Forsyth and Lambert this weekend before returning to area play against Wesleyan next week.