VIDEO: ‘Dangerous’ Blues ready for season

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Derek Koehler / Washburn Review

The Lady Blues Soccer team is looking forward for this year’s season to get underway.

“Our team is young but they are dangerous,” said Tim Collins, Lady Blues soccer head coach.

From the previous season the Lady Blues won only five games and experienced  injuries throughout the duration of the season. They look forward to a more positive outlook within their conference.

This year, for the first time in Lady Blues history ,the soccer team currently has three  freshman goalies, Jenna Lack, Mallorie Monhollon and Tori Fuglister.

“The three of them are comfortable with one another and improving, they understand that they are here for us and not for themselves,” said Collins. “Having three goalkeepers is like having three quarterbacks, all being able to start. This allows for more flexibility, each of them brings something to the table.”

The Lady Blues elected their captains for this year’s season, two seniors, Kelsey Raiman, Lauren Henry and junior Leah Talley. The soccer team shares a great connection with one another, not just on the field but, also off the field .

“What inspires me is the connection that I share with my team, we can always count on each other,” said  Megan Buckley, sophomore,

As athletes, the Lady Blues are committed to working hard on the field. Each player has expectations that are crucial to the team as a whole.

“Since I play defender, I do my very best not to let my team down,” said Raiman. “I come out giving my all playing good or bad, not allowing the other team to score.”

The Lady Blues soccer team ,consists of 11 freshmen, seven sophomores, three juniors and two seniors.  The team is soon to be celebrating its 10-year anniversary next year and intends to have 1,000 people attend a game at Yager Stadium. Collins started the soccer program at Washburn University nine years ago.

“Coaching soccer allowed me to open doors,” said Collins. “You get an opportunity to speak to people and learn about new things. Coaching allows me to know more about the campus, so I can better assist my players in academic and career choices.”

Collins  enjoys coaching the  soccer team with sincere passion for the game, simply because he feels a since of community.

“Coaching at this level is fantastic, because it’s challenging,” said Collins. “What keeps me inspired in coaching this soccer team is the players, their enthusiasm and passion for the sport. I thoroughly enjoy the people I work with and watch them grow.”