By Garth Shanklin
The Glen Este Lady Trojans soccer team may not have had a sparkling win-loss record in 2015, but the final result isn’t always the best indicator of maturation.
Head coach Mathew Grau called the 2015 season a season of “rebuilding and growth.”
“We continued to grow as a team and to rebuild the program to play the style of soccer we feel is necessary to compete in our league,” Grau said.
As the 2016 season begins, the team finds itself without several players from last season, leaving a very important void.
“I would say what was lost most with the senior class from last year would have to be their leadership,” Grau said. “They really held the team together, and now with it being a new year without them, we need other players to step up and fill that role.”
Some of those players could be the new arrivals to the team this season. Freshman Kaya Vogt will take on a role as a midfielder while fellow freshman Sam Zeigler will be a defender. Kylee Grau, a third freshman, will play both spots.
“They all bring talent and energy to the field,” Grau said. “We’ll very much need that as the year progresses.”
The team has a pair of returning players who earned all-conference honors last season. Taylor Malucky was named to the second-team All-ECC squad while Kat Richey was an honorable mention. Grau said he believes all of his players will have big years this season, including Malucky and Richey.
“I have very high hopes for all returning players this season,” Grau said. “They’ve all worked very hard in the preseason and will continue to develop as the year progresses.”
In terms of a goal for the season, Grau said the squad just wants to continue to improve, which will put them in good position to battle for the ECC title.
“Our goal is simple,” Grau said. “We want to continue to grow as a team and get better each and every game with whatever we have been working on in training. If we do that, we’ll have no problem competing in our league and having the great season we are looking to have.”
The Lady Trojans opened their regular-season on Monday, Aug. 22 with a road contest against Harrison. The team lost 4-2. Richey scored one goal while the second came off the foot of Ana Smith. Glen Este’s next two games are on the road, at Mercy on Thursday, Aug. 25 and at Clinton Massie on Aug. 27. Their home opener will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. against Walnut Hills.