The Delta girls soccer team is looking to surprise people in their first year under head coach Paige Triana. They have some experience returning with four seniors leading the way.
“We are extremely excited for what is to come this year,” said Triana. “Our girls have been working tremendously hard this summer and are looking to prove something this year and going forward. We are small but mighty. The girls team has four talented seniors who are leading the way for a relatively young team with only one junior, six sophomores, and three freshmen.”
Returning for the Panthers are Alayna Mitchell (first team All-NWOAL), Jessie Giguere, Cassandra Lee, Kaylin Twigg, Marissa Cargill, Olivia Schneider, Courtney Helton, Mariah Mattimore, and Kalya Kunar.
Newcomers to the squad are Paulina Arroyo, Anna Munger, Samantha Mauer, and Summer Bates.
“We have a very strong senior class leading the team that are all very versatile and very willing to adapt to the team’s needs,” said Triana of her team’s strengths. “The girls are very coachable and doing quite well at learning the game. As a coaching staff, we are very encouraged with the progress made so far, especially in the midfield portion of our game. We are trying to incorporate the midfielders more and play an attractive style of soccer.”
The Panthers will have to replace some key pieces from last year’s team that finished 6-9-2. Gone are Halle Weishampel, Madison Mattimore (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Grace Sonick (second team All-NWOAL), Brooke Heisler (second team All-NWOAL), and Courtney Riches.
“As a team, we are very low in numbers,” said Triana of potential weaknesses for her team. “We only have 14 players and several new players. Along with the low team numbers, we are not the quickest team.”
Delta hopes to overcome these potential flaws and compete in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
“Again, we have small numbers which makes it challenging to play numerous high intensity back-to-back games,” said the first-year coach. “As a team, we are excited to compete in these league games and try to improve our standings within the league. Our girls have some high goals, and we hope to achieve those goals within the league play.”
The Panthers open the season with a trip to Northwood next Monday at 5 p.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010