New Coupeville High School soccer coach Troy Cowan is only concerned with the now.
Wins have been scarce the past few seasons (the Wolves were 1-16 last fall), but that is not a focal point.
“We can only worry about right now, and for us to have a successful season we have to get back to the basics and play Lady Wolves soccer,” Cowan said.
For that to happen, Cowan said, Coupeville has to play “possessive, strong defensive-minded, ball-control soccer.”
He added, “Playing within our own abilities and playing to our potential will determine our success. Wins and losses will come with every match, but the Lady Wolves will need to win the personal effort match to enjoy success.”
Cowan said the strengths of his club are being able to win the possession battle, controlling the ball, and being mentally and physically prepared.
He is also pleased with the play of goalies MaKayla Bailey and Julia Myers.
The Wolves will be built around what Cowan calls his four horsemen: returning letter winners Erin Rosenkranz, Jennifer Spark, Jacki Ginnings and Micky LeVine.
Team captain Rosenkranz is “an obvious leader with real aspirations to get noticed by her peers and competitors,” Cowan said.
Also returning are Marisa Etzell, Ana Luvera, Ivy Luvera, Joye Jackson and Victoria Wellman.
Key newcomers, according to Cowan, are freshmen Carlie Rosenkrance, Bree Daigneault and Mattea Miller.
He said the explosive Rosenkrance will demonstrate control soccer, Daigneault is a decisive passer and has a high soccer IQ, and Miller will add quickness.
Cowan expects the Wolves to be “in great game shape, be competitive and work hard every minute…(and) be extremely cerebral and excellent ambassadors of the game.”
Archbishop Murphy and King’s are the league favorites, Cowan said.
The Wolves start the season with a game at Whidbey foe Oak Harbor at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. The first home match is also the league opener when Cedarcrest visits at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.