Lady Bulldogs soccer team has new look, same goal
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
The 2013 Bandera Varsity Girls' Soccer Team: Standing-- Daylyn Howe, Sarah Butler, Jordan Fazio, Khloe Wedgeworth, Lric Parker, Amber Delgado, Emma DeGoes, Manager Madison Clements. Kneeling: Cheyenne Jenkins, Courtney Netherton, Annie Fritz, Catlynn Biela, Shelby Cannales, Kenia Valadez.
Coach Adam Spiegelman
The Lady Bulldogs soccer team has been known across the state for its success in the last few years, and with a revamped roster for the 2013-2014 season the ladies are poised for another run at the district championship.
The team will have a lot to overcome, as the ladies lost District 55-4A MVP McKenna Mangold from last year's team and have a new head coach at the helm of the program. Despite the changes to the roster, head coach Adam Spiegelman has been impressed with what he's seen from the girls thus far.
"I have been really happy with practices so far," Spiegelman said. "The girls show up every day with great passion and good work ethic. We have been able to create a lot of game like situations at practice which will help us when the season kicks off."
In order to replicate last season's success, the Lady Bulldogs will need to find an offensive leader to replace the top four scorers that graduated this past spring. Despite losing the top scorers, then freshmen Andrea Felice and Annie Fritz combined with junior Lyric Parker for 26 goals last season and will be back for the Lady Bulldogs this year.
"There are a number of players who have really good offensive skill sets and the best thing for us is that they seem to fit well together," Spiegelman said. "Some are good passers and can create scoring chances by setting others up. On the other hand, we have girls who can score from 30 yards out."
Defensively, the Lady Bulldogs gave up an average of less than a goal per game last season, and will have senior Amber Delgado to take over the goalie duties this year. Delgado shined in limited action last year behind Newcomer of the Year Brittney Palacios, and gave up only one goal all season. Delgado and the other returning defenders will play a large role in slowing down the high powered offensive attacks the Lady Bulldogs will face off against in District 55-4A this season.
"I am very confident in the defense and I think it will be one of the major strengths of the team," Spiegelman said. "We have girls who are experienced and are great leaders back there."
The Lady Bulldogs and Spiegelman are confident that they will be able to continue the successes seen in previous seasons.
"We have set our goals high as a team and the players are ready and willing to work to achieve our goals," Spiegelman said. "I expect our team to compete every night and show improvement in each game. The best teams consistently improve throughout the year and if we can do that, there is no limit on how successful we can be."
Bandera will begin their quest for a fourth straight bi-district championship on Jan. 14 in a rivalry game against the Wimberley Texans.