Last year’s identity to Port Huron soccer girls soccer team was simple to figure out – youth.
The Big Reds had just one senior in Savannah O’Neil last season, so it may have felt like a rebuilding project in last spring’s 3-12-1 season.
With the majority of the varsity team coming back from last season, there is certainly excitement in the air around the soccer field.
“We have been more excited to get back onto the field and getting back into things so we can build off of last year,” head coach Ryan Kopydlowski said.
To some players, and Kopydlowski as well, it really doesn’t feel like last year ended. Kopydlowski also pointed to last year’s late-season game against Marine City, and while it was a loss, it pointed to the upward trend he hopes his team will have this spring.
“The girls just played great (last year), I think we lost just 2-1 or something like that,” Kopydlowski said. “We played amazing, and we are just trying to go from there. It kind of boosted us throughout the rest of that season.”
So far the Big Reds have played one game, topping New Haven in a 4-0 win.
That game could have very well been an indication of where the offense will come from as Skye Conrad had two goals and an assist. Another move to bolster the offense will be Erin Butler moving from defense to more of a midfielder or forward position.
On the back line, Lindsay Stoutenburg, Anna Sturgis and Breanna Rich will be anchoring the defense to help talented sophomore goalkeeper Lily Hurtubise bring home the shutouts.
From the looks of it, with all the experience as a young team from last season, the Big Reds could have the tools to win the MAC Gold title this season.
“Last year they were kind of tossed into that leadership role,” Kopydlowski said. “We just had a young group come through, so I think there’s a lot of maturity that occurred last year for the girls.”