That’s the mantra to which insiders on the girls’ varsity soccer side are holding strong.
With a new regime and a bevy of talented prospects in tow, one would be hard pressed to bet against the Lady Golden Eagles.
“This is a building year for the soccer program at Eagle’s Landing High School,” said Katie Conrad, the school’s head honcho in the sport. “We graduated 15 seniors last year and have all new coaching staff.”
As one would expect, that degree of turnover can make for a rough transition period.
Sure enough, Eagle’s Landing has experienced its share of growing pains this season — not all of them related to roster inexperience.
“This year was a challenge … we have a very young team,” said Lady Golden Eagles coach Erin Mackey. “We were all new to each other … not having a home field or a proper field to practice on has also presented extra challenges.
“However, I feel the girls that remain really stepped up.”
That would include the team’s talented triumvirate of juniors, center striker Ashley Fleck and center mid Laura Wolfenden, and freshman center back Mikella Rodriguez.
“These are the three that lock down the middle,” Mackey said. “The awesome thing about them is they are interchangeable in some aspects.”
“It is just pure enjoyment to watch them play,” the coach said. “When they step on the field you see in their movement, poise, and attitude the desire to play the sport.”
Still, as golden as that trio is, even they haven’t been completely able to stem the tide of adversity the team has faced.
Primarily due to injury, Eagle’s Landing has had to play down sometimes to eight and nine players on the field almost every match.
Consider the team’s 2012-13 season trial by fire. In the long run, it’s only going to make them tougher.
That said, opponents had better beware.