“We’re a well-rounded team, and we have good coaches, too,’’ she said. “You don’t really play just offense or defense; you do both.
“We’re 17-0 now, and last year we had an undefeated regular season, too,’’ she said. “I think we can do it. We have the heart and desire to do it.”
This is a team that’s already set records for most wins in a season, longest winning streak and most shutouts. It’s been a dream season. For a while, dreaming to play was all midfielder Kristin Knotts, another senior co-captain, could do.
A four-year varsity player who’s played on several offseason traveling teams, she likely had her senior year all mapped out. But then the whole thing was suddenly in jeopardy because of medical reasons, and she missed several early-season games.
Then, good news came. Now, even better.
“I didn’t actually believe I’d be starting in a playoff game for the region championship game,’’ Knotts said, looking back a bit to those uncertain days. She assisted on Tuesday night’s second goal and has five goals and seven assists in 14 games.
“I knew this was possible this year because we had some girls move up to the varsity, and because we came together and have played very well as a unit.”
Quincy Hegeman, a junior, agreed.
“We work together as a team and that’s a big key,’’ she said. “We know it takes a lot of heart, desire and effort. And I think we have a pretty good chance to go all the way.”
Hegeman described herself as a defensive midfielder. But she has 12 goals and nine assists, including the assist on Shyler’s goal Tuesday night.
“She’s a goal line-to-goal line girl,’’ head coach Martha Mauzy said with a laugh. “She does it all.”
Just like all of her teammates.
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.