The Gophers finished second in the Mt. Hood Conference with an 8-2-2 league record last season. They made it to the 2nd round of state before being eliminated by Sunset. Head Coach Kathy Childress will rely on an experienced backline and the development of some young players in hopes of capturing the Mt. Hood title in 2014.
1.) How have the offseason workouts been for your team?
We had decent numbers for our summer league. Players got a chance to get some touches on the ball and reconnect after their club seasons.
2.) What will be your team’s biggest challenge?
Keeping healthy is always a concern. We are also young this year, so we will look to build leadership skills with this group.
3.) What are you expecting from your team this season?
I expect them to grow into a hard-working, possession-oriented squad.
4.) What players should fans watch out for this season?
We have some outstanding returning players, including senior defender Alexa Cooper, who should rule the backline with real authority. She will lead an experienced crew on the backline with Senior Sam Reed, and Junior Courtney Olson Behind them is senior goalkeeper Ali Rojas, who is probably one of the most athletic players I have ever coached. I also look for Senior Bailey Allen to come into her own this year as an attacking midfielder.
5.) What game are you looking forward to most this season?
6.) What teams, besides your own, do you think are the top contenders in your league?
With the addition of Clackamas and Oregon City to the Mt. Hood Conference, it is a little harder to predict. Barlow always presents a solid side, as does Central Catholic. Oregon City seemed to be pretty talented this summer, and they have a great coach, but I think Clackamas will be the team to beat this year.