Forced to their second gym for practice last minute by an indoor track meet, the SPASH girls’ soccer team's competitive juices don't stop.
Allie Rogosheske: "Right now we're scrambling to find fields to play on or indoor space,” said head coach Allie Rogosheske. “There's obviously other sports looking for that too, so yeah, it’s a bit of a challenge."
A bigger challenge for the defending Wisconsin Valley Conference champs? Filling the holes left by last year's senior class.
Rogosheske explains: "We lost eight or nine seniors, I think from last year, so that was a big group. We have some definite shoes to fill with that and some younger kids stepping in, we'll be a bit of a younger team this year."
Don't get it wrong, the Panthers know replacing last year's departing senior class will be no easy task. However, a fresh group of seniors is ready to lead the way.
Madisyn Rogan and Lauren Johnson are two of those seniors up for the task.
“The seniors last year were leaders, I looked up to them since I was younger, I played with them when I was younger,” says Rogan. “I want to do the same for the young kids this year. Set a tone for the program, this is what we want to do and this is how we do it."
Johnson echoes that: “I feel responsible for having to take care of them, show them the way, since we have the experience already as seniors."
One thing is for sure, after seeing their season end in a 7-1 loss in a sectional matchup last year, motivation won't be a problem for the Panthers.
"That game, we really didn't play well going into that sectional semi-final game,” says Rogan. “It was really heartbreaking considering that we had done so good that season. So that really fuels the fire for this year, and we want to get back there again."