By Bob Narang

Excitement is the theme for the Young girls soccer team this spring.

Nearly every high school team across the U.S. shares some form of anxiousness for an upcoming season, but the new campaign for Young brings anticipation not only for a better season but also a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

“I’m excited,” Young senior Ellavieve McCarthy said. “We’re playing in the PepsiCo Showdown and also traveling to Myrtle Beach for spring break.

“We’ve not done that before in my career. We’re playing in a few more tournaments, and then we’re always excited for our city tournament, too.”

Junior midfielder Carina Barillas shared McCarthy’s enthusiasm to help the Dolphins achieve their goals this season after finishing with a 12-10 record in 2017. Barillas said the team started their offseason conditioning with a purpose this winter.

“Everyone is very excited about this season,” Barillas said. “We want to make a comeback and take city. And then there’s Myrtle Beach, which we’re all excited about, too. Those are just two reasons why we got started even earlier working out as a team this offseason.”

McCarthy said the team has been fundraising to collect money for the spring break trip, which will feature two games against South Carolina high schools.

“We’ve been training three times each week in the weight room and conditioning,” McCarthy said. “We also play in an indoor league. Our goal is to start the season strong and make sure we win the city championship in the end.”

Each player also has been working on certain individual aspects of their game to prepare for the 2018 campaign.

“I’ve definitely improved a lot since last year,” Barillas said. “My mentality is a lot better.

“Last year, I was little more conservative with my shots. This year, I’m going to go for it and be aggressive and take my shots.”

Senior Jennifer Soria noted that if everyone improves their personal game, it will help make the team even stronger in the end.

“I knew I had to push harder to be a better player,” Soria said. “My communication on the field wasn’t very good last year either, so that’s something I’ve been focusing on.

“As a team, we’re all really motivated to do better – especially to win at Myrtle Beach. Hopefully the hard work we’re putting in now will payoff later this spring.”

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