The great unknown; Girls Soccer is looking for answers

With so much competition at every position, chemistry will be a very important challenge as the Knights get toward a common goal, so Penta has named captains at every position on the field. Emily Kemnitz was named before the off-season. Silvana Tellerico and Erika Landino earned their captain positions with their leadership, and that’s a good sign for their coach.

“We did one captain for the off-season and the coaches really looked at how they did,” said the coach. “Sylvana and Erika stepped up, and that’s important. I wanted these girls to know that this isn’t something that’s lasting. You have to keep earning it.”

The Lady Knights will be tested early and often. They’ll measure themselves against Conard and Platt in the first week before plunging headfirst into a schedule that would overwhelm the most experienced varsity teams. The second week will showcase NW Catholic, Farmington, and Hall, but it doesn’t get any easier.

“We need good competition. The girls have to get used to it, but that’s what makes a program better and a player better,” said Penta. “We are going to have to be an athletic team this year. We probably aren’t going to be scoring as many goals as we did in the past. What we want to do is use our athleticism to our advantage. We want to use our speed up front and play fast.”

The Lady Knights are ready.

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