New-look girls’ soccer team seeks repeat |

New-look girls’ soccer team seeks repeat

Mike Traum

They’ll be wearing blue and gold and will remain the team to beat in the Northern Nevada 4A.

But that’s just about the only similarities between last year and this year for the South Tahoe High girls soccer team.

Gone is Bekah Foster, the team’s leading scorer. Gone is Jim Clapp, reigning Northern Nevada Coach of the Year, who led the Vikings to the 1996 zone title. Gone are nine starters. And with them, some say, the heart of a champion.

But don’t tell the 1997 girls they don’t have heart. With the changes come new challenges and new hurdles to overcome – a set of tests by which the girls know they can measure their soccer worth.

“This year’s team is definitely not last year’s and the coaching staff is different. But it’s one of those things you take in stride,” said senior returner Sara Corey. “We’ll do well. We’re not going to be horrible. Our goal is to make the playoffs. People are going to be gunning for us, so we have to show them we’re worth gunning for.”

Added senior returner, Faye Clapp, “Change isn’t always bad. It can be good. We’ve got a lot of players that are really, really good. After the first game (Saturday), we’ll see. It’ll say a lot about how we’ll be.”

First-year coach Jerry Foster inherits a talented, young, eager bunch that he said has adapted to the new situations with relative ease.

“In some ways it’s like a new team because we lost so many. Our challenge is going to be playing together. My goal is to be in good condition, No. 1. And No. 2 is to work on team tactical skills – how we play defense and offense,” he said. “I can’t say we’re going to win the division. But I feel confident that we’ll have a good year.”

Adding to the list of returners are: seniors, Leah Strohm, Nicole Morrow and Jenn Perasso; juniors, Robyn Linder, Christie Higman, Ali David and Joy Walker; and sophomore, Jenn Hamm. Foster hopes they’ll gel with younger players to bolster the midfield and defense, where he figures the game will be won or lost.

“Our goals will come. With the weaker teams, I think we’ll jump out and score early. But against the stronger teams, it’s going to be a battle. So the defense is probably going to be key,” he said.

South Tahoe hosts Elko on Saturday at the South Tahoe Middle School. Game time is 2 p.m.

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