The Lady Dragons soccer team is a tight knit group that has their eyes on the prize: Building a successful soccer program that is not only a great team, but also a beloved family.
The Lady Dragons have been working hard since July to help make this dream a reality. Since this summer, the team has been focused on building cardio endurance and doing drills in order to improve coordination and reaction time. They have also reviewed the rules and regulations of soccer to ensure the team has the knowledge they need to be mentally and physically prepared to meet the challenges of the season.
One expectation the team has this year is to master the basic fundamentals of soccer, remain united and learn how to be student athletes.
“Student athletes integrate their academic and athletic efforts in striving for success,” Head Coach Herlinda Ruiz said. “They display sportsmanship and develop discipline in all areas of their lives. Student athletes maintain responsibility for their uniforms and actions at home and at school by signing a contract holding them accountable for their equipment and their behavior and efforts.”
In addition to having expectations, the team also has season goals they’re excited to work on each day. Those goals are learning how to play as a team, communicating well, maintaining organization of their time and practices and including more diversity in the program.
“Consecutively, we can achieve these goals by meeting together daily, modeling effective communication and making sure all voices are heard and acknowledged, and inviting and encouraging students of all ethnic backgrounds to join us,” Coach Ruiz said.
This season, the team looks forward to playing each game and through their dedication and efforts at every practice, they prepare for each and every opposing team. They have specific strategies for each game and follow through on each strategy to ensure success.
During practices, the team focuses on “communication, timing during game play and respecting each other on and off the field,” Coach Ruiz said. Luckily, in addition to hard work, dedication and fundamentals, the team has great chemistry, thanks to their four team captains. Those captains help make the game fun for everyone on the team.
“We are blessed with four excellent team captains who display stellar leadership and discipline,” Coach Ruiz said. “The team encompasses many different ethnic cultures; we even have an exchange student from France playing with us. All of the team members get along and respect each other’s similarities, differences, strengths and weaknesses. We are more than a team; we are a family.”
Thus far, Coach Ruiz is very proud of the Lady Dragons and is excited to see what the season has in store.
“Ladies, we have become a tight knit family,” Coach Ruiz said. “I am so proud of each and every one of you for setting academic and athletic goals, for believing in yourselves and for working together to grow your strength. Continue to make communication a priority and pay attention to our Remind app!”