The Enterprise Lady Cats soccer team returns 10 seniors to a team that is ready to go after a championship after last season’s frustrating early closure due to COVID-19.
The Lady Cats have been hard at work not only at practice but also participated in some team building competitions called Battle-Tested.
“Practices have been going great so far this off season,” Enterprise head coach Jill Harrelson said. “The girls have really been working hard on their conditioning, speed, speed of play, communication, combination play and their first touch.
“Both the varsity and junior varsity teams participated in a Battle-Tested event this past week. This is a program that challenges your mind, muscles and morals. The last time our team participated in this event was three years ago, when we made it to the Final Four (at the end of the season).”
Enterprise boasts 10 seniors that Harrelson said she would lean on to lead the Lady Cats this season.
“This season we have 10 very talented seniors. We look to Sydney Garth to be one of our leaders in scoring,” Harrelson said. “Center-mid Summer Burress along with our senior midfielders – Ashlyn Purvis, Emma Avery, Hope Yerdon and Kianna Lezcano – play with great chemistry and all will be a threat to score.
“We have two returning backline defenders – Jaden Boland and Madilyn Webb – and another senior, Ines Von Mahland, will join them in helping strong senior goalie Magige Bryan keep our opponents out of the goal. We are also expecting our underclassmen make some great contributions to our varsity lineup.”
Purvis recently signed a scholarship offer to play college soccer at Huntingdon.
Helping out Harrelson on the coaching staff this season is South Dakota native Miranda Famestad, who played college soccer at Bemidji State in Minnesota and overseas in Sweden. She was a star at Bemidji State earning Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Defensive Player of the Year as a senior along with earning Division II All-America honors.
“She brings a lot of enthusiasm and a wealth of soccer knowledge,” Harrelson said of Famestad.
Harrelson said that one of the big things her Lady Cats are looking to get right is their lineup combinations.
“We need to continue working on coming up with our best lineup combination,” Harrelson emphasized. “We will continue now and throughout the season working on combination plays and set pieces.”
The Lady Cats have lofty goals that their coach believes they have the talent and ability to reach.
“Our goals for this season starts with winning our area and to continue winning in the playoffs,” Harrelson said. “We not only want to make it to the Final Four but we want to play for the (state) championship.
“We want to be the top 7A Girls Soccer team in the State of Alabama. I know these goals seem large but if we can stay healthy and play for the name on the front of our jerseys we have the talent to play with any team in the state.”