The coach had the female soccer players run through several scrimmages and practice shooting soccer balls past goalies to test their skill. Many of the girls got dehydrated by all of the exercise and the sun's heat, but they all took advantage of their water breaks and quickly returned to exercise when they were told. Coach Davila mentioned that he was, "Confident that we are going to be putting a really competitive team on the field this year".
The soccer team's new coach, Tamiko Davila, has decided to try a new method called "Cuts" instead of tryouts this year. "Cuts help me cut down the players that don't take the game too seriously, so that the ones who DO take the game seriously make the team."
Many of the girls playing soccer suggest that, "There's a bigger chance of making the team through tryouts than it is with cuts" and others think that cuts are, "More or less of the same thing" as tryouts.
The girls practiced until 3:30 everyday on the field for a spot on the team. Coach Davila says that, "In their words, they say I have pushed them harder than they have ever been pushed before." The sweat on their faces verified the coach's statement. The girls don't complain though. They agree that "tryouts are easier, but... cuts are more effective." Coach Davila also believes in that philosophy. “In my opinion, I think it's a more efficient way of choosing players that are more focused and that take the team seriously."
Even though the method this year was cutting girls from the soccer team, Coach Davila wanted to mention that tryouts for soccer for girls will start in late October to early November, and that everyone was open to come and tryout.
Written By: Manuel Rivas