When the women’s soccer team steps onto Selma Field for its first game, it will be led by a new head coach, Matt Hearty.
“It is definitely going to be much different from last year,” senior Grace Lock said.
Hearty is replacing Thom Champion, who previously held the position for three seasons.
Although Hearty is new to his current job, he graduated from WGHS in 2008 and has been involved with both the women’s and men’s soccer programs as an assistant coach.
“He was in the program himself when he was here. He knows how to run everything,” senior Izzy Heintz said.
Lock added he was always, “offering advice and support” in his role as assistant.
Players including Heintz note the preseason training has already improved from years prior.
“He’s doing a lot of things different already like more intense training, and I think it is really good for us,” Heintz said.
The team has big goals for the upcoming season under the leadership of Hearty.
“The ultimate goal is to go to State, and I think we will have a successful season as long as we work hard as a team and play for each other,” Lock said.
Although Lock wants to achieve great things, she said the team’s main goal is to “rebuild the program’s core values and team environment.”
The first women’s soccer game is March 24, on Selma Field at 4:30 p.m. against Marquette.
This is print editor Lindsey Bennett’s second year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.
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