The Bellarmine varsity soccer girls are especially excited about cars this season.
To kick off the 2016 season, our team has spent extra time focusing on the concept of synergy: the idea of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. We are, as Coach Jim Dempsey said, a car: ineffective as individual parts, but able to go anywhere we want when we work together.
After a 2015 season that included a 12-3-3 record and a state quarterfinal run, our new team is composed of many different grades, talents and personalities. We return 13 girls and welcome 6 fresh faces, but have already found great chemistry within. Fun, it seems, has gone hand-in-hand with our hard work:
Senior Elena Maes said, “It’s easy to play and work hard when you’re playing on the field with your best friends. This team is a family and that will show on the field as everything we do off and on the ball is for the girls next to us on the field and the ones on the sideline. Last year we were close, and this year we’re looking to get even closer… together.”
Last year we seemed to surprise ourselves with our own success and cohesiveness. We were talented, but not as experienced at the state level. This year, it’s a different story: we’re facing brand new opponents in the South Puget Sound League (SPSL) and we’re looking to build on our success by setting more specific goals for ourselves and implementing our Core Covenants—Sacrifice, Trust, Energy, and Passion—into our lives on and off the field.
You could say we want to STEP it up.
Sophomore Isabelle Davis said, “As a team it is important to trust one another. Our captains this year, Mal and Elena, have provided the opportunities for us to be one. We’re individuals who use our talents to work as one. We have bonded together so much and it’s only our first month together. We are all so pumped for this season, and we are gonna work hard to go far into post season this year!”
18 motivated girls, 1 car ready to embark on a long, winding road trip.
This team is stepping it up.