One thing is obvious about the 2012 Payson High School girls soccer team — they respect their coach, Amy Wilcox. The girls listen attentively, are eager to please, cooperative, relaxed, open, and friendly. Good qualities for a team sport like soccer.
According to Wilcox the girls look good and are eager to get started. She believes they will have a good season this year. There are eight seniors returning from last year and that means experience is a plus for this team.
A new member has joined from a college prep school in California, and one new exchange student is also on the squad. According to AIA rules the exchange student is unable to play on varsity. Another point of interest is the fact that seniors are not able to play in JV games.
With the current schedule of games just released, there are eight away games and five at home. There is only one Saturday home game and the remaining contests are either on a Thursday or Tuesday. Most varsity games begin at 4 p.m.
Michelle Schatz, the newcomer, likes to play defense. Wilcox wants to see what she can do at other positions. Schatz may uncover skills she wasn’t aware she had.
Natalie Moceri is not able to play yet as she is nursing an injury, but has prospects of playing in the future. Jamie Chilson is out with a knee injury, but is expected to play for the opening home contest against Desert Christian.
Wilcox mentioned that Desert Christian has always given them a fair and energetic match. The Lady Longhorns must be on their game, but expect to perform well.
The game with Desert Christian is at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Rumsey Park.