Girls’ Soccer looks forward to upcoming season


Eileen Tully

Junior Ashley Timme passes the ball to senior Addy Tabrizi while warming up on the second day of tryouts. "I'm really excited for this season," Timme said. "It's always exciting to meet the new faces and get back together to play with the old ones."

After being eliminated in the first round of the districts tournament last season, the girls’ soccer team looks to battle further into the competition this year. Players who are trying out will be tested on their fitness level, raw talent, ability to work as a team in game-like situations and willingness to listen and learn from coaches.

“I believe we have a lot of quality returners as well as the potential to add new members to our squad and program and am looking forward to having a fun and successful season,” girls soccer head coach Annie Wayland said.

Exciting matchups in the upcoming season are predetermined by the results of past games.

“There is an ingrained sense of rivalry amongst the Parkway district teams to see which team prevails.  Our kids are always pumped up to play these opponents,” Wayland said.

Games that may prove to be challenging can also be foreshadowed by past seasons as well.

“District competition is always very challenging as we can never anticipate who will draw to play for districts.  Our district is quite strong, resulting in us playing Visitation last year in the first round of districts.  We hope to see them again as well advance further in district play this year,” Wayland said.

At the beginning of the season, the main goal is to build a strong team.

“I think one of the best things about playing for this team is how close we’ve become over the years,” junior Victoria Klemm said. “We do a lot of team bonding activities that help us become closer friends and teammates.”

Coach Wayland looks forward to not only continuing to work with returning players, but also to meeting incoming players.

“I am emotionally invested in each of them and want nothing but the best for them because when they succeed, we all succeed.  When I get to see them grow and improve as a player and person we feel a sense of accomplishment as a coaching staff.  We are lucky to have talented young women at Parkway West and we know that these ladies all have a very bright future ahead of them,” Wayland said.