East, West girls set goals for start of first season
Jan. 12, 2011 at 8:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2011 at 7:12 p.m.
Two teams in two different spots.
After the split of Memorial's girls soccer team after last year, Victoria East and West are adjusting to different situations as they prepare for the start of the 2011 season.
The Warriors have several players new to the varsity level, with three players - Norieda Martinez, Jessica Mickey and Bryana Frazer - with starting experience.
Mickey was the Vipers' goals leader last season.
"They've been the ones who've helped the others calm down and see the field," said Warriors coach Denys McCarter. "They've taken several of the young ones under their wings."
The Titans aren't having to break in many new players.
Coach Misty Boening said the team, which has eight seniors and several players from last season's Memorial team, doesn't have to learn how to handle tight situations.
"They calm down and play their game and don't panic," she said. "They know what it means to give 100 percent and don't have to be taught that."
Both teams will get the chance to show off their skills beginning Friday morning at Memorial Stadium. The Titans will open the tournament at 10 a.m. against Bay City, with the Warriors following at 11:45 a.m. against Brazosport.
The Titans and the Warriors, depending on whether they win or lose, will play again that evening.
The early season is about learning and evaluation for McCarter and the Warriors.
"The team is learning to play together," she said. "We're going to have some bumps and bruises along the way, but they have the potential to be top notch."
The Titans have eight seniors on the team, and several with varsity experience from last year's Memorial squad that earned a spot in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs.
"Right now, our strength is in our communication and the ability to keep pushing forward," Boening said. "They don't give up."
But they also have some less experienced players who will be getting some experience on the job.
"I've got some girls that have never played soccer before," Boening said. "So, it's about getting better and playing together."
McCarter said the goal is to make the postseason. The team discussed its goals before its last scrimmage on Tuesday, the coach said.
"Our ultimate goal is the playoffs," she said. "If we get a district championship along the way, that's great. They know they have their work cut out for them.
"They're very confident, and have set their goals."