The varsity girls’ soccer team has started the season shakily, with a 2-1-4 record, but its looking forward to turning its season around.
“It’s a fine group of young ladies,” coach Phillip De Rosa said. “I just really want to work on getting each one of them to improve so that collectively the whole team will improve.”
De Rosa has been coaching Burlingame soccer for twenty years and coached club soccer priorly. He also worked as a PE teacher at the school before retiring two years ago. Each season De Rosa looks forward to watching the players grow and advance individually and as a team.
Losing just four players from last year’s lineup, the team already gels well together.
“We all know each other really well and have been playing together for years,” senior Caitlyn Rusley said.
The team plans to focus on improving its offensive game this season.
“We are a defensive team which means we spend most of our time focusing on how to prevent goals, rather than score them,” junior Allie Bottarini said. “So far it's been a little difficult to get the ball on the opponent's side of the field and keep possession there in order to score.”
Additionally the team will be playing in the highest league this year and will change to playing each team three times instead of twice.
“We’re going up against really good schools this year and won’t have any ‘easy’ games as compared to last season,” Rusley said.
Support the team at its next home game after winter break on Jan. 9 against Woodside.