Girls Varsity Soccer · Girls Soccer Preview: Lady Tribe seeks to end drought

By Matt Battreall, The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON — Anderson’s girls soccer team finished 0-12 for the second year in a row last season, and that was with eight seniors.

This year’s Indians squad will aim to snap a skid dating to 2015 that is now at 30 games, and it will have to do so with just four girls who have played in a varsity contest.

Anderson was outscored 63-6 last season and netted more than one goal just once, in a 3-2 defeat to Delta. Coach Taylor Siebers said the Indians were far too often in a defensive mode and were unable to take the game to their opponents.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t control the ball very much last year,” Siebers said. “We just need to control the ball, and we’ve been teaching possession and getting the girls to complete passes and move the ball around.”

Unlike last season, there are no seniors and as for the experienced players, three are juniors and the other a sophomore.

Juniors Aniyah Cowherd, Crystal Medina and Victoria Rodriguez all are tentatively slated for center defense, and Cowherd may play in the backfield. Rodriguez was with the squad as a freshman but did not play last year.

Starting in goal will be sophomore Evelyn Rodriguez (no relation to Victoria). She saw duty in several games, backing up the graduated Alexis Fairer.

The other spots in the first 11 are up for grabs, and Siebers said it will be mainly freshmen and sophomores. He said he is hoping to have more participation in the program (there were just 14 on last year’s roster).

Siebers said one advantage with this year’s team is it is starting fresh and isn’t concerned about what past squads have gone through.

“They’re starting to understand what it takes to compete at this level,” he said. “What I’m impressed about them is that they’re hungry to learn, they’re asking questions and they are eager to develop.”

The Indians begin the season Aug. 15 at Yorktown, and their home opener is Aug. 20 against Wapahani.

“I think we’re going to get into the win column (this year),” Siebers said. “I just want them to be competitive; that’s my main goal.”