After winning only one contest two years ago, the Jaguars finished last season with six victories and earned points in three of their last four contests. The squad opened this season with a resounding 7-0 win over Creekside on Feb. 19.
The Jaguars have had to adjust their preseason practice schedule due to the inclement weather that hampered the entire state of Georgia this past month.
“We have a young team and didn’t get in as much practice time as desired,” assistant coach Teddy Lee said. “We’re pleased with the team and got through our first test of the season against Creekside.”
“Our preparations have been going really well and everyone is working together as a team,” junior defender Mileena Mitchell said.
“I’ve seen a lot of growth since our first year as a program,” senior defender and team captain Kenzie Vincent said. “We’ve gotten better and the new players work hard at improving every practice. I see a lot of potential with our team.”
New Manchester will also rely on the services of sophomore Alexus Lawson, who had four goals against Creekside and scored 30 last season.
“Alexus is the program’s all-time leading scorer and we can count on her to come through for us,” Lee said.
The squad will look to last year’s experiences for guidance this season.
“Everyone wanted to know where they stood last season and we had our ups and downs,” Mitchell said. “We got through it and did well. Everybody is working hard this year.”
The coaching staff also has tangible expectations for the early portion of this season.
“We’re trying to get the basics covered while working on our toughness and conditioning together as a team,” Lee said.
The Jaguars will return to action on Friday against North Paulding.