The Peninsula women’s soccer team is ready to repeat and improve on their previous season.
Last year the Seahawks women’s soccer team made it to State for the first time in 17 years, said Jenny Nichols, head coach.
“We are hoping to continue off that momentum,” Nichols said.
The Seahawks have 11 returners to the team, giving them a strong team bond. They are all friends, Nichols said, making it fun to coach them.
“I’m looking forward to just being with this group of girls again,” said Katie Campbell, Senior captain. “We all work really well together and it’s a lot of fun.”
“We’re like a family getting closer this year than last year,” added Alayna Piwonski, Senior captain.
The Seahawks biggest challenge this season comes from losing four starters, three being defenders.
“Finding defensive chemistry is the biggest team challenge,” Nichols said.
But the team has filled in the spots and the news players are preforming well, Campbell said. Campbell has played club with the new defenders before and said it is fun playing with them.
“They trust me and I trust them,” Campbell said.
Campbell is returning as Defensive All-League MVP and is the Seahawks starting goalie. She is their biggest something weapon, Nichols said.
Campbell is a leader on and off of the field this year as captain.
“As a goal keeper, I kind of have to be a leader already on the field,” Campbell said.
Piwonski is co-captains with Campbell and is a starting forward for the Seahwaks.
“She is tenacious on the field and controls the heartbeat of the team,” Nichols said.
So far there are no major injuries of concern for the Seahawks. They play their first preseason game on Tuesday against Steilacoom.
“I am most excited we are going to do really well in our games,” Piwonski said. “I like that we are thirsty to win and we all want to do better.”