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August 15, 2014

Lady Tiger soccer team hoping to gain experience

With only one sophomore and 16 new players on its roster, the Cowley College women’s soccer team is likely to experience some growing pains. However, the team expects to remain competitive in the 2014 season.

After being informed the soccer program was being dropped, head women’s soccer coach Dane Straight lost several commitments and potential returning players to other schools. So, when the decision was made to reinstate the soccer programs, Straight was left scrambling to find players to fill the roster.

“I am happy we have the number of players we do considering the limited time frame we had to recruit,” Straight said. “We have a good group of young ladies that work well together.”

Elizabeth Scharping from Mulvane, Vivian Gonzalez from Converse, Texas, and Jessica Ramirez from Enid, OK are among the team’s top newcomers. While, Straight signed five players from San Elizario High School in Texas.

“The biggest thing for us will be communication,” Straight said. “A lot of these players were the best players on their high school team, but they have got to be able to trust their teammates to be able to do their job.”

Straight also hopes the team’s three goalkeepers, Sandra Urrutia, Maddie Pegorsch, and Monica Hernandez, will push each other and make for good competition amongst the group.

Sophomore midfielder Esther da Silva, the team’s lone returning player, started 11 games and saw action in all 17 games as a freshman. Straight expects her to be a leader for the young team.

“She will need to step out of her comfort zone and lead this team and show them what we expect from our athletes,” Straight said.

With 12 road games and only six home games on the schedule, the young Lady Tigers will face a daunting task.

“It will take some time to build cohesion and for us to gel on the field, but this is a competitive group of girls that don’t like to lose,” Straight said. “We will be competitive, but it will be a challenge.”

Cowley will host an Alumni Scrimmage Saturday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. and will then scrimmage at Southwestern College in Winfield Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Tigers’ first regular season home game will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 30 when they face Northeastern Oklahoma.

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