Chantz White, Staff Writer – With tryouts commencing, the Lecanto High School [LHS] girls soccer team is preparing for a new season. Last year, the lady panthers made it all the way to the final four, being the first girls soccer team to do so in Citrus County.
The girls are excited for this upcoming season after finishing last year as an undefeated team. They plan on keeping the same defensive lineup and hope to become district champs once again.
Senior Peyton Burdette is happy to see some familiar faces on the team, but is also open to new players who are willing to put in the work.
“I’m super excited for this season. We have a lot of talent returning and a lot of excited newcomers,” said Burdette
Although the pressure is high, the lady panthers continue to push their limits and set high expectations for themselves.
“I’m excited to see how far we go and I think we will get just as far [as last year],” said junior Tristen King.
“It’s definitely going to make me nervous because a lot is being expected from us because we went to the final four last year,” said junior Eva Rucinski.
Returning players believe that with hard work and dedication, they will be able to improve both individually and as a team.
“I want to continue working with my teammates and improving my skills to do even better than last year. Working on our teamwork will be important since we’ll have new players joining us,” said sophomore Nicole Brake.
Burdette is excited to work with her teammates to earn a spot in the districts for the second year in a row.
“I believe that we absolutely have the skills and possess the talent needed to make it as far as we did last year. I think we just have to work hard and stay humble in our attempt.”
LHS girl’s soccer players are all hopeful and excited to have another successful season this year.