LHS girls soccer roster finalized for the upcoming season

Future Panther soccer players working hard to impress their coach (Photo: Wernicke).

Future LHS girls soccer players working hard to impress their coach (Photo: Wernicke).

Madeline Wyka, Staff Writer – A new season is beginning for the Lecanto High School [LHS] girls soccer team, and tryouts were a huge success.The girls met on the week of October 22-25 behind the school’s nearby renaissance center, and it was a very close call for who would make the team.

There was a massive turnout this year with over 57 girls showing up to try out, and it clearly made an impression.

“My immediate first thought when I got to the field was, ‘there’s a lot of people here,’” said freshman and Junior Varsity [JV] player, Rylea Anacleto.

Coach Kevin Townes was overwhelmed by the amount of students willing to commit and give their all in order to earn a spot on the team.

“It’s always very difficult, but with [so many] girls this time, it was even tougher to narrow things down and remain fair,” said Townes.

Last year was a big deal for LHS when the lady panthers carried through and made history by competing in the final four.

Junior and Varsity player Eva Rucinski is eager to begin the new season and see how far her team can make it this year.

“We just need to focus, keep improving, and work our butts off every game,” said Rucinski.

The tryouts were an overall success, and every girl seems to be satisfied with their coach’s decision.

Freshman and JV player, Jada Wernicke offered up some advice for girls who didn’t quite make the cut this time around.

”Practice, practice, practice. Whether you join a club, go to the park, or even just stay at home, stay fit and stay involved in the sport. No matter what level you’re at, as long as you grow as a player, that’s what counts,” said Wernicke.

The girls soccer team will be having their first game of the season at Wesley Chapel on Thursday, November 8.