IVC girls soccer ready to kick off

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
The IVC soccer team practices outdoors Friday to prepare for the season.

Teamwork and togetherness will combine for a successful soccer season for the IVC girls varsity team.

Head coach Jennifer Adkison said that her players are ready to start the season and are working well together.

“A lot of the girls have done stuff on the field and off the field, and supporting each other is going to show on the field,” Adkison said.

IVC will have 10 returning varsity players from the 2013 season.

Leading scorer Sarah Daum had 13 goals last season and five assists.

Sarah Dismang was next with 10 goals and two assists.

Linzee Fennell and Taylor Neys will be the returning goalies for IVC. Both played 80 minutes last season. Fennell had 10 saves and Neys finished with eight.

IVC went 5-10-1 last season and ended the year with a loss to Bloomington Central Catholic in the first Regional game.

The Lady Grey Ghosts biggest win was a 7-0 shut out against Central.

Outdoor practice has been limited to IVC due to weather conditions, but the girls have access to FC Peoria, an indoor soccer facility for practice.

“It’s going to be hard, but it’s going to be tough all around. Many people aren’t lucky to have a place like FC Peoria to go in and practice,” Adkison said.

“There’s going to be a lot of teams that are going to be on a rough start just based on being outside to practice.”

Adkison said that numbers on the roster are low across the state and four junior varsity teams have already canceled games for the season. 

IVC has 27 girls for the program this year.

“That’s more than I’ve seen in three years. It’s a nice change of pace,” Adkison said. “We’re going to have some girls getting important minutes on varsity and JV.”

Adkison will be assisted by Nolan Wilson. It will be his first year as assistant coach on the girls team.

“We balance each other out. He’s in the classroom so we plan practices together, look at individuals together and plan together. It’s a nice change of pace. We both bring our strengths,” Adkison said.

The girls made an individual goal sheet for the season and Adkison said 

that all of them want to go at least .500 and want to beat teams that they have lost to in the past.

It will all come back to the girls sticking together and working as a team for the wins this season, Adkison said.

“They’ve seen over the past years what a split team can do to you out on the field and then how soccer does not become a fun sport,” Adkison said.

“They fought that knowledge and we have a young group that’s willing to play and willing to learn.”

The girls first scheduled game is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pekin High School.