Photo by Andrew Ottoson
The 2017 Bulldog girls soccer team is (from left): back row, head coach John Cuffe, Cecilia Rojas, Brenda Gomez, Illyana Barela, Aryia Darwish, Kim Kaschmitter, Clarissa Stevens and assistant coach Mike Connolley; and, middle row, Chloe Dame, Abby Asker, Taylor Bransford, Naomi Connolley and Yadira Rojas; and, front row, Baeli Kinsley and Alayna Edmondson; and, not pictured, Tessa Godfrey and Julia Sanchez.
As of Thursday, August 31, 2017
GRANGEVILLE The GHS soccer girls have a team of their own this fall, in what is sure to be a season full of firsts.
They didn’t have to wait long on their first goal, which came after a bit of hard work during their season opener Aug. 22 at McCall.
The team’s best player, Brenda Gomez, tallied on a scramble in front of the Vandal goal.
But that first game also showed how big the difference is between a program just starting out and one that is experienced.
“It was a tough game,” head coach John Cuffe said, “but it was about what I expected. It was a very good trip for us. The girls came away with a good lesson. Half hadn’t seen what they have to do to compete — they just haven’t played high school soccer before. We’ll learn a lot this fall.”
Gomez is the team’s captain, and Tessa Godfrey is vice-captain. Another of Grangeville’s top players — Chloe Dame — was sidelined by injury during the second minute.
“We really missed her in the midfield,” Cuffe said.
With 14 players out for a team that fields 11 at a time, the squad this season offers mainly the chance to play. Cuffe intends to build on it.
“We’re starting from square one,” he said. “It’ll be hard, but the girls will work hard and hopefully have fun.”
Grangeville’s first home games are scheduled Sept. 9 against Priest River.
Aug. 22 at McCall
Aug. 26 at Priest River
Sept. 2 at Timberlake
Sept. 9 vs. Priest River
Sept. 16 vs. St. Maries
Sept. 23 at Kellogg
Sept. 30 at St. Maries
Oct. 7 vs. Timberlake