Girls’ soccer preview: Spendlove, Oberhauser lead Falcons into a new season November 15, 2023 — by Amelia Chang and Ruiyan Zhu Photo by Bryan ZhaoSenior Jiah Jung does a simple drill during tryouts. With strong returning players and incoming freshmen, the team is looking forward to the season. Head Coach: Ben Maxwell Last year’s record: 10-18 Recap: Last year, the team finished fourth in its division and almost made it to CCS, but failed as they needed to win one more game. Star Players: Keatyn Spendlove, Kate Oberhauser Key losses to graduation: Gabi Golko, Alex Burgos League: De Anza Prognosis: After missing CCS by one game last year, the Falcons are more determined than ever to make it this year. “The overall goal would just be to make it to CCS since we weren’t quite able to do that last year,” senior co captain Kate Oberhauser said. “We just have to get off to a good start preseason and get as many wins as we can.” Oberhauser will be going to UC San Diego, where she has already verbally committed to play Division I soccer. With younger star players like sophomore striker Keatyn Spendlove, freshmen left wing and attacking midfielder Katie Lu and winger Claire Chen, the team is excited to mentor the new players to be the best players possible. The team is considered small, with 18 players. The early season has seen them jump straight into training and simple technical drills like dribbling between cone to cone. Players have also been working on speed and agility drills, like jumping over hurdles. They end with scrimmages at the end of practice. The team is also working on their mental game on top of practicing. “Having a strong mentality is crucial to the game,” Spendlove said. “It can help a lot even off the field.” The team’s first preseason game will be on Nov. 30 against Hillsdale High School. “I think we’ll do very well. Everybody seems very committed and wants to do what’s best for the team,” Spendlove said. Tags: girls soccer, preview 8 views this weekAbout the contributorsAmelia ChangAmelia Chang, Class of '26, is a Graphic Manager and Reporter of the 2023-24 Falcon Staff. She has attended programs from Johns Hopkins CTY on different aspects of writing. Outside of journalism she enjoys doodling characters from books and TV shows as well as writing more fiction based stories.Ruiyan ZhuRuiyan Zhu, Class of '26, is a reporter and layout artist. She enjoys covering school events and all stories. Outside of journalism, she enjoys listening to Poulenc and eating pastries.