The Lansing girls soccer team began their preseason program early this semester with goals set early-on for success in-season.
“We’re doing preseason to get ready for soccer in the spring, so we’re doing a lot of conditioning, developing skills, and introducing freshmen and new players,” senior captain Reagan Bullock said.
Bullock works alongside fellow captains senior Madeline Fay and junior Brynne Qualley to get the team together in weights sessions before school and skills and conditioning practices after school every day.
“It’s important that people get out here in order to be in shape and bond with your teammates so we can all play better,” Bullock said.
One of the biggest goals of the preseason workouts is to simply come together as a team with a common goal before the stress of the season sets in.
“[Preseason] is really fun; it gets you active in the winter months even though its cold,” junior Regan Rambo said. “It’s also really good to see all the girls and get to play together again.”
For some of the girls, preseason presents an opportunity to show what they’re made of. In particular, some freshman are attending daily sessions to get work in with their older teammates.
“It’s been fun, and all the girls are really nice,” freshman Abby Martin said. “I want to make the team and possibly play some varsity.”
The older girls have their own goals as well. Last year, the varsity team started the year off strong with a seven-game winning streak, but encountered multiple injuries and setbacks afterwards. They ended the season with an eight-game losing streak.
“I think the conditioning will be great for us because that’s what we struggled with last year,” Rambo said.
This is Rambo’s first year attending preseason since her freshman season, and emphasizes the importance of preventative training in the offseason.
“I wish I had done preseason my freshman year, because I tore my acl during my freshman season because I was so inactive during the winter and fall months,” Rambo said. “Now, I feel like I’m getting somewhere and not just jumping straight into the spring [season].”