“We’re excited about the upcoming season. Our preseason conditioning went well. We made sure the girls got into the weight room and worked on endurance as well as agility training during the offseason,” said head coach Phil Phillips.
Phillips said over the last few weeks the team has stressed the importance of fundamental soccer skills such as dribbling, trapping, passing, field awareness, corner kicks and finishing drills.
This season the team consists of two seniors, five juniors, five sophomores and seven freshmen.
“I guess you can say we are a young team, but I would say we are a seasoned group,” said Phillips.
Though there are more underclassmen than upperclassmen on the team, Phillips said the past seasons in which this group has played is what keeps them from being classified as young.
Cass will compete in Region 7-AAAA with teams primarily from north Georgia this season. Last year’s region included state champion Chattahoochee and state semifinalists South Forsyth and Lambert.
“We played in a tough region the last two years and 12 of our players gained a lot of experience playing in that region. These girls had to compete against some of the best teams in the state, so they know what it takes to be successful,” Phillips said.
While Phillips considers all of his 12 returning players to be key returners, given the game is a team effort, there are two players in which he named specifically.
“Mallary Hedden was our leading scorer last year and also our assist leader. Katelynn Marsala led our defense and scored several penalty kicks for us. These players will tell you it is a team effort that will make them successful,” said Phillips.
Both of these players contributed to the score against Gordon Central as Hedden, a junior midfielder, scored one goal and Marsala, a senior defender, scored two. Also adding one goal each was freshman midfielder Sidney Vermaas and freshmen striker Mackenzey Mcabee.
While Cass won their scrimmage, Phillips noted that his strikers are young and still have some work to do.
“We started two freshmen in our scrimmage against Gordon Central and they are still learning the position,” Phillips said.