Valerie Levine & Kimmie Williams
The Oceanside Girls Varsity Soccer team is looking forward to a more successful season. With a change in conference the team is looking to rebuild and hopefully move back up to Conference One in the future. Coach Winchester, after 28 years of coaching, stated this about the upcoming season, “My goals for the team this season are to improve our record from last year and naturally do well in the conference playoffs at the end of the season.” She had a game plan for this season also, she said “Finding the best chemistry of girls that works well on the field. In past years this may not have been the case. This year each and every girl knows what is expected of them. Hopefully, they will remember they can be replaced by someone equally as skilled.”
Alexa Mihale and Julia Burns are eager to start their senior year as captains, this will be their fourth consecutive year as a member of the Varsity team. Julia Burns, senior captain said “I just want the team and the program as a whole to improve each year, and for everyone to buy into the program and just have fun. I like to set big goals so this year I want to go undefeated, but as long as we continuously improve I’ll be happy with that.” Julia continuously gives the team an energetic and positive attitude and makes sure that all the girls who are new to the team feel welcomed.
During our interview, Alexa seemed very excited about the season, “This year we will have a lot of team bonding and outside of school functions which will help the chemistry and help us connect on the field. We win as a team and we lose as a team.” Another member of the varsity team, senior Ashley Bentsen says “Soccer has always played an important role in my life, this year the team’s chemistry on and off the field is very strong. I am excited to continue the season. I love soccer.” Sophomore Luigina Serrao has been an important member of the varsity team since she was a freshman, “As a group we have a lot of potential and I am looking forward to having a successful season with the team.”