As a new season begins, the goal of every team is to improve from the prior season.
For the Glendale Mountain Ridge girls soccer team, they’ve already done so in half as many games.
Coach Spencer Cassin credits his girls’ attitude more than anything else to their newfound success.
“The big difference between this season and last season is that during the last practice before a game all the girls get into a circle and make a personal goal for themselves for the upcoming game,” Cassin said. “The girls hold each other responsible for the goals they set and help each other strive to achieve these goals.”
But even more so, the team is developing a bond away from soccer as well.
“They participate in team-building activities outside of practice, such as pasta parties, fundraisers, secret sister and dressing up as a team on game days,” Cassin said. “These girls have come together to not just build a team but to leave their legacy at Mountain Ridge.”
While only halfway through the season, Mountain Ridge (5-0-2, overall, 3-0-1 Division I, Section IV) is on the right path to reaching its goals.
“This team is constantly setting goals for themselves personally and for the team,” Cassin said.
One of those is to continue their recent success and undefeated streak.
If they can do so, they’ll do it with five seniors and three juniors leading them, while the rest of the team is made up of four sophomores and six freshmen.
“I think what makes this team different is the role the upperclassmen play in being leaders for the incoming freshmen and sophomores,” Cassin said.
After a 3-11-1 season just last year, Mountain Ridge is reaching its potential, and Cassin intends to keep it that way with the new tradition he’s brought to the lady Mountain Lions.
“We continue to challenge ourselves by setting new goals and working as a team to accomplish them,” Cassin said.