The winter sports season has arrived, and Pinewood’s talented teams are beginning to intensify their daily workouts. Well into vigorous conditioning, the Pinewood girls varsity soccer players are getting ready for a promising season. With a wide range of experience levels on the team this year, coaches Whitney Wood and Michael Tetzlaff are ready to lead their teams to a league championship this year.
“We have a variety of veteran players, but we also have a pretty large group of [less] experienced players,” Tetzlaff said. “[The coaches’] task will be to mix them in a way that the younger ones step up to the plate, and the older ones help them out in terms of progression throughout
The varsity team lost several players last year, including alumnus Leah Hess and sophomore Monica Burgos. However, there are plenty of returning players eager to fill their shoes.
“It always affects you as a team [to lose so many players], but… I think we’re pretty good at filling those gaps that they left,” Tetzlaff said.
Junior Caleigh Page, senior Amrita Mecker, and senior Jordan Burke are among the many key players from last season, and are projected to have yet another great year on the field.
Sophomore Maia Peterson couldn’t play last season because of concussion symptoms. A promising asset to the team, the girls and coaches hope that Peterson will be ready to play this year.
“There are still times when she gets headaches,” Tetzlaff said on Peterson’s recovery. “[I am] really hoping that she will be able to fill the promise and potential that she has.”
Both Wood and Tetzlaff are expecting the team to go far this year, and their ultimate goal is to win the league championship. Among their biggest competitors are Woodside Priory and Crystal Spring.
“They’ve always been our rival and last season we beat them in our final game of the season and it was the most amazing feeling ever,” senior Olivia Biggs said.
Having placed third in the league last year, the team is eager to fight their way to the top this season.
“I definitely think we are a stronger team this year than we were last year,” Biggs said. “I have a really good feeling about this season.”