More EDSS athletes are shaking off the winter’s inactivity after soccer took off for both girls and boys this week. As coaches work toward a good start to the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletics Association games, they will be working on different aspects of the game respectively.
A relatively young team on the girls’ side will have coaches focusing on skill-building and teamwork, while a strong showing of senior players for the boys has coaches setting their sights higher at WCSSAA.
“We have a fairly young team so I think it will certainly be a building season,” said Lisa Bauman one of the coaches of the girls’ team.
“There are a few girls returning from previous years but we have a lot of new Grade 9s that are joining this year.”Girls had their first WCSSAA game on April 17 against Eastwood Collegiate.
EDSS lost 1-0 when Eastwood managed to score late in the game.
Neither team had opportunity to participate in exhibition games prior to WCSSAA due to scheduling conflicts, Bauman said. But in going straight to the regular season this year, coaches are seeing good numbers, with about 18 players on the girls’ team and the same expected on the boys’ roster. Encouraged by last year’s results, boys’ coaches are hoping for a strong showing after the last cuts on April 16.
Last year’s team went undefeated in the regular season, said boys’ head coach Gord Maier, but the EDSS boys finally fell in the playoffs. This year the team is going into the competition with a solid core of senior players, he added.
“This is my first year coaching the school team, [though] I’ve coached locally before. Last year we had a very strong season but until we start playing we’re not exactly sure what we are going to be facing out there. I’m hoping for a winning season, a positive time with the kids.”
An EDSS boys’ team was added to the original schedules posted by WCSSAA after Maier and a parent volunteer agreed to take over coaching duties this week following a strong student demand for the sport.
“It was a very late start. We had a parent volunteer step up and then I got asked to help out and I kind of volunteered at the last minute. We had the kids asking and I wanted to make it happen for them,” he said.
The first game for the boys took place at RIM Park against Galt Collegiate Institute on April 18, with a first home game scheduled for May 2. The girls host Preston High School on April 24 at Woodside Bible Fellowship.