Girl Power: Taking the Lead 1/23/14
January 23, 2014
At the beginning of a new sports season there is always a changing of the guard. What the Midland High soccer girls and coach didn't expect was for there to be such an extensive shift this season.
"We had some quit throughout the year for various different reasons," said head coach Ryan Dunlevy. "We had some not come back, so the class started out a little bit larger."
"It has been a little bit more pressure because they have less people to look up to," said senior Christine Kendrick. "Specifically, they are looking at you so you have to make sure you set an example for all these younger girls that are here."
Not only did the two seniors, Christine and Selena Campos Mancha, feel an obligation to achieve the tradition expected from the Lady Dawgs program, they had to first earn their spot on the pitch.
"Just because I'm a senior doesn't mean I'm going to be starting, or doesn't mean I'm going to make varsity," said Selena. "So, you have to work for your position here."
"I always tell them if I have a freshman and a senior who are equal my freshman is going to play," Dunlevy said. "So they have to battle that with this talented freshman class and they've been able to overcome it."
The girls have done what was expected of them and more. Now, with district play kicking off this week, the Lady Dawgs are ready for another post season push.
"Be the best team in our district," said Selena of the team's season goals. "There is no doubt. We can be. I think we will be."
"I would love to see all these girls just go as hard as they can, go as far as they can and do their best," added Christine.
"They're proven to be key parts to our success," Dunlevy said of his two seniors. "Their leadership roles both on and off the field, both coming up all summer long, not missing a practice, doing extra work helped set a tone for the younger kids to watch and learn."