The Tulpehocken High School girls' soccer team was just a game over the .500 mark last year, which for the Lady Trojans, is not a good season. The were undefeated in the league in the 2010-2011 season and they would like to get back closer to that this year.
They won't have much of an off-season to work on their game this year as the sport of girls' soccer has moved from a spring sport to a fall sport. So if they are going to improve themselves, they needed to work extra hard over the summer.
'We're very excited to be playing in the fall and we're hoping for much success,' said Head Coach Paul Zerbe. 'We have a good mix of experience and younger players on this year's team.'
On offense, the Trojans will lose their top scorer from last year's team. Kelly Martin led the team with 21 points (nine goals and three assists). That will be a big hole to fill.
A good start to fill that hole will be Casey Rightmyer. She was third on the team with 14 points (five goals and four assists) last year and Coach Zerbe expects her to lead the team in scoring this year.
Kailee Ziegler, a strong central midfielder, was the second leading scorer on last year's team and she will also be back this year. According to Coach Zerbe, she is the player with the best skills on the team.
Dylan Shipe will be back for her fourth season as a starting cetner back. Lauren Frantz is another strong and experienced central midfielder. A lot will be expected from both of them this year.
This year's team should have no problems scoring goals. They have several skilled players who can find the back of the net. The questions is can they stop the other team from scoring as well.
The Lady Trojans will be playing in Single A division this year which means they have a good shot at going far into the post season playoffs. A state title isn't out of the picture with the talent this team has.
Of course competing in the Berks League is a different matter. The size of some of the school there will make competing in the league a little more difficult, but it's nothing that they haven't done in the past. The question is can some of their younger players step up and help get the Lady Trojans some wins.