AMHERST – School is starting, and so is spring soccer at Amherst Regional High School.
“We have 23 girls here this afternoon and we’re expecting a few more to tryout for the team,” said Katelyn Walsh, fourth-year assistant coach of the ARHS girls soccer program.
About half of the girls trying out Tuesday afternoon are in Grade 12.
“The team has been together for several years, so as we prepare for this year there’s a lot to look forward to,” said Walsh.
Whether it’s Under-14, Under-16, or Under-18 soccer, most of the girls trying out for the ARHS team played in the Fundy soccer program over the summer.
“They know each other really well,” said Walsh. "They know the players they’re playing with, they know how they play, and they know where they will be on the field, so that’s a very important quality of the team."
If the Vikettes win regionals there is a good chance they will host this years provincials.
Grade-12 student Emily Rossong is out this season due to injury, but will help coach the team.
“It’s frustrating where it’s my senior year,” said Rossong. “But we have a very strong team and we’re going to have a very good season.”
Tryouts continue Wednesday and Thursday night at from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at ARHS.