Prep girls soccer preview: Superior Spartans
The Spartans hope use their team chemistry as a foundation for growth throughout the season.
Head coach: Len Albrecht
Assistant coaches: Emma Coenen (JV), Jake Swanson (Varsity assistant), Kathry Polkinghorn (volunteer assistant)
Returning players: Seniors Emma Cooper, Ruby Farnham, Tatum Williams, Lexie Lohman, Lily Walwrath; juniors Presley Kalin, Addie Aker, Lauren Gunderson; sophomores Sydney Friedrich, Carly Lohman, Nora Wells, Brynn Kimmes, Autumn Cooper.
New faces to watch: Autumn Cooper on defense, Anna Manion on offense.
What are the team's biggest strengths?
"Team chemistry and how well the girls all get along is probably the biggest strength," coach Len Albrecht said.
What are the biggest obstacles they will have to overcome?
"As a team, the biggest challenge this year and every year is getting the team to communicate with each other on the field," Albrecht said. "The other challenge we face is Mother Nature and having to practice inside so much this year."
"We are a very young team with seven freshmen and five sophomores on varsity this year. As we get going, I'm sure there will be a period of getting used to playing together and learning each other's tendencies on the field," Albrecht said. "But this team does have a lot of potential, and it will be fun to watch them improve throughout the season."