During the first month of the new school year, most students are just trying to get used to being on their own, focusing on classes, reconnecting with friends, or looking for a job. The men and women who are in the TFC soccer program, however, are already practicing and playing games in full force. A little over a month in to the school year, both teams have already played at least six games, with region play just around the corner. Both Head Coach Douglas Howell (women’s team) and Head Coach Rob Worsley (men’s team) are very excited for the upcoming season, and look to build on the success each team had last season.
The TFC women’s soccer team has a school record twenty-two girls on the roster this season, with eight of them being freshmen. They are off to a solid 3-3 start, with all three of their losses being by only one goal. Their team strength this year is defense: after setting a school record for allowing the fewest goals last season they are looking to do the same this season. One of the things Coach Howell looks to improve on over the course of the season is scoring goals, and in order to do that he has the team playing a 4-5-1, meaning they have four forwards, five midfielders, one sweeper, and one goalkeeper, with the midfielders featuring a majority of the attack on offense. The team philosophy this season is that you can play hard and play to win, but at the same time represent God in everything you do. The team has already been complimented because they play hard and play with a Christ-like attitude, no matter how the game is going. Also, the officials love to come out and work the games, because they know that our girls and fans will always have an attitude that represents Christ. There is good reason to be excited for the women’s team this year as they look to fight for the region championship, which they last won just two short years ago.
The men’s soccer team is off to a strong start as well; in eight games this season they are 3-5, but with three of those losses coming to schools who have scholarship players, and are 1-0 in region play. This team is also fairly young with nine new players (six true freshman, one transfer, and two players who were at TFC last year but didn’t play), but Coach Worsley believes this to be one of the best years he’s had from a team chemistry standpoint. The men’s team strength is also defense, as they have only given up more than one goal one time this season. Coach Worsley’s team philosophy this season is to emphasize excellence: to be excellent in the way you play the game as well as the way you glorify God, and to find the balance between the two. The men’s team is looking to build on the success of last year, when they went into the ACCA tournament in Missouri with the number one seed and brought home the trophy. The goal for this year, however, is to win the region banner and go to Nationals in the NCCAA tournament. As Coach Worsley put it, “We have too much talent to settle.”
All of the signs point to this season being an exciting one for both soccer programs here at TFC. Both teams are off to good starts and are building momentum with each game they play, and are looking forward to playing for the region championship. To help them reach their goal however, they need fans to be there supporting them every home game, so get out there and support your eagles soccer teams!