Cassidy Elliott and Brooke Hackle battle for the ball during spring training at SSS.

Smithers Secondary School Gryphons Sr. girls prepare for a building season

The Smithers Secondary Sr. Girls soccer team is in spring training as a new group of athletes prepare to take on northern rivals.

The Smithers Secondary Sr. Girls soccer team are back in action, holding another day of spring training as a new group of athlete prepare to take on northern rivals in the coming weeks.

“We’ve been mainly focusing on the fundamental skills, your passing your trapping you kicking, shooting,” said head coach Brent Irvine. “Because were in the gym here, it’s such a small place the girls are learning to pass with their heads up learning where they are on the field because it’s such a small space.”

However, with a young team, only two returning players, 2012 will definitely be a rebuilding year for the Sr. Girl Gryphons, but Irvine is still confident that energy and team work will prove to be a winning assets this season.

“We’re a pretty young team the core group are grade tens,” he said. “We have two seniors on the roster this year. So I’m looking hopeful. The girls are all young and energetic and they love to play soccer so I think if we don’t it this tournament we’ll just keep improving over the season and hopefully we’ll pull it off in the end.”

So far the girls are getting their season off to a great start. Taking down both Kitimat 3-1 and Terrace 1-0 in during a play day in Terrace.

“It was a tough battle to the end, but with good team work and support for each other the girls pulled off a second win for the day,” said Irvine.

But with a young coach and a optimistic group of athletes the Gryphons are getting off to a good start, one that they hope will bring them fortune this year.

“It feels good,” said Irvine. “They’re a great group of girls, they’re really supportive in my learning experiences as I come through the team. We’ve been having a lot of fun and that’s kind of the main goal is that everyone’s out here to play soccer cause we love the game to improve and do the best we can.”


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