FHS Lady Tigers Soccer Seniors Reflect & Look Forward
Writer / Kara Reibel
Teamwork, dedication, focus and hard work are what drive the Fishers High School girls soccer program. However, it is their foundation of leadership that the girls are most proud of. The entire varsity team is a member of Leaders for Fishers, a club with shared values with Leaders for Life International. Many of the girls have attended the Leaders for Life summer camps, bringing back with them tools and team-building ideas to share.
“It’s amazing how we have grown on and off the field,” forward Maryna Clark says. “The challenges that we have overcome have made people believe in us and given us the confidence to believe in ourselves. I wouldn’t want to be a part of any other team.”
Defender and co-captain Maddie Peebles states, “We really do have a great team, but it’s not because of individual players or raw talent, it’s because we work hard for each other, we care about each other, and we know what we’re working towards.”
Defender Hanna Hinshaw echoed the sentiments, “We all really get along and it shows on the soccer field. We play well together and work hard at trying to get better as a team. Our goal is to be the best that we can be.”
Goalkeeper Alex Reibel adds, “At the beginning of the season, coach Beasley told us that our number one goal is to be a great teammates, and I feel like we have really embraced that.”
With a second place finish in the state final last year, the Lady Tigers are focused on a long post-season for this year as well.
“I’m hoping this season will last as long as it possibly can,” Peebles says, a sentiment shared by the entire team. According to Peebles, their goals aren’t to win every game, a No. 1 ranking, or to win the state championship. Their objective is to work as hard as they possibly can, to push themselves and their teammates to the maximum, and to be great teammates on and off the field.
“We have some tough competition, but we are certainly capable of great things this year,” co-captain Kylie Hohlt says. “And last season, we really enjoyed the journey as much as the result.” But now it is back to business and with a state ranking of No. 2, the Tigers have a lot of work to do.
The seniors have all loved their four years playing at FHS.
“I feel so grateful and blessed to have gotten to be a part of a team like this,” Peebles says. “During the past four years the FHS soccer program stretched me and grew me and allowed me to join a family. I’m more competitive than most people and every game I want to win so badly, but I’ve realized over these four years that it is so much more than winning and losing, and after graduation, that’s what I’ll remember.”
With only six seniors on varsity, don’t underestimate years to come. Coach Beasley is building a strong team. Depth is a term that describes the rest of the team. And in addition to the juniors and sophomores, they had 60 freshmen come to tryouts. “We have a lot of developing talent.” Beasley says.
Look for the the Lady Tigers to be roaring for a long time to come.