ROSEVILLE — After a year of growing pains under a new regime, the Roseville High girls soccer team is ready to contend for the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division crown, according to coach Rick Meyer.
“There are some really strong teams in the league,” said Meyer, in his second year as Roseville coach.
The Panthers finished 3-13-1, 1-11-0 in the Gold in Meyer’s first season.
“We are looking to compete, now that we are returning seven starters, and the team is healthy. We’re looking to … make a run at winning (the MAC Gold),” he added.
Meyer said his players have made strides early in the 2013 campaign. He said Panthers players are picking up where they left off at the end of last season. Meyer added that skills that had been worked on all of last season and in early 2013 practices are now showing in games.
At press time, the Panthers were 0-4-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the Gold at press time.
Meyer, who coached Roseville’s JV squad for four years prior to moving up to the varsity ranks, is expecting a trio of seniors to lead the Panthers.
Holly Hedemark is a captain and in her fourth year on varsity. According to Meyer, she leads Roseville with her positive attitude and is always trying to improve.
Brittany Dawson is also a captain and in her fourth season on varsity. The defensive specialist missed half of last season due to injury. Meyer added that Dawson is the cornerstone of the Panthers’ defense.
Senior Kristina Kiser is all energy, Meyer said, and doesn’t stop running until the final buzzer.
The Roseville coach added that freshman Rachel Sieracki and sophomore Brianna Coderre — both starters — will be key pieces. Meyer said freshman goalkeeper Megan Toureau has already made tremendous strides in net.
“These girls never give up,” Meyer said. “They love this game and are always willing to give it their all. That’s all you can ask for, as a coach.”
Meyer said an area the Panthers must continue to work on is their first touch of the ball. He said his team prides itself on winning the 50/50 balls.
“We just have to make sure to control possession after we are the first to make a play,” Meyer said.
Meyer said he and his players have an extremely positive outlook. The core of the team being back and healthy, along with new players learning the game quickly, plays a role in that outlook.
“Every day, we’re ready for the challenge of proving we’re the team we’re capable of being,” Meyer said.
Roseville’s next game is a battle against Warren Woods Tower, set for 5:30 p.m. April 24 at home.