5 QUESTIONS WITH…Coach Rhode About The Success Of The Girls Soccer Team
By Nick Owens – Sports Editor
The Law girls soccer team is off to a hot start this year with a 7-0-1 record, which includes big wins against Wilbur Cross, Bassick, and Cheshire. Head coach Mr. Rhode sat down with Advocate sports editor Nick Owens to talk about the team’s success and what to expect in the near future.
Nick Owens: What do you think is the biggest factor that is leading the charge of success right now for the the team?
Coach Rhode: I believe our team chemistry and leadership (from the captains on downwards) are the biggest contributing factors. This is now the third year that we’ve played our current formation and system. This has been very helpful.
NO: After going 8-6-2 last year.to almost matching that this year not even halfway through the season. What does that mean to you?
CR: The most telling aspect of our improvement is the attitude and mental change from previous years. Our girls believe it more and aren’t afraid of any teams.
NO: What’s the plan to carry on with this success throughout the rest of the season? What is going to carry this team further?
CR: My main plan is to keep the girls mentally focused. It’s a long season, so to maintain this for the longevity will be tough. We just have to keep winning. It’s more fun when you win.
NO: Come playoff time, what is the mindset for this team? How far do you believe they will go?
C: Our immediate focus is qualifying for SCCs and seeing how that tournament goes when we make it. But I feel there are no limits to what our team can achieve this year. We’re going one game at a time.
NO: Do you think other Law sports teams can learn from the success of your team? What do you see for the future of Law sports in general?
C: I absolutely feel the other teams in our program can do the sam, and have already had very successful seasons. With the right attitude and belief in the mission, all teams at Law can do it. I believe over the past few years a mental shift has occurred where we are no longer accepting of being mediocre.