It’s been said there’s strength in numbers.
Last season though, numbers were not one of the Duncan Lady Demons strengths on the soccer field.
With just 12 players suited up in uniform, substitutions and options on offense were limited as the Lady Demons struggled to cope with the difficulty.
However, this season the Lady Demons will have plenty of attacking players to choose from as head coach Delydia Gay and her squad return five seniors along with a plethora of talented freshmen.
“We have numbers which means we have options,” Gay said Wednesday afternoon during practice. “I don’t have just 12 players like we did last year. I’m able to move girls around offensively and defensively. We’ve also got some really good freshman players up top. They’re also really fast and that’s something we haven’t had in a long time is speed.”
Among the returning players this season will be goalkeeper Madison Williams, along with forward Courtney Moore, defenseman Victoria Demar, and midfielders Tabetha Cochran and Katelyn Hicks. Also making her return to the squad is junior Autumn Parker.
“Our returning players are either going to make us or break us,” Gay said. “These girls play too big of a key role for us for them not to step up. Autumn is very smart and has good ball skills. She’s also going to bring a lot of speed for us. We’re very excited to have her back on the team this year.”
Some of the new faces debuting this season for the Lady Demons will be freshmen Shai Johnson, Stephanie Wainscott, and Alyssa Byers.
“We have a lot more talent than we had last year,” senior Courtney Moore. “This year we have some really good freshman players. We’ve got good days and bad days, but if we come out ready to play then we should get some wins this season.”
Williams added that she feels the team can grow a lot during the season because of the new players.
“I think the team is going to be really great this year,” she said. “It helps that we’ve got all of our returning starters back this season because they have a lot of experience. I’ve had to get used to diving again and having to remember all the position along with a lot of yelling. Our defense and scoring are both going to increase a lot this season. We’ve all learned how to cooperate with one another and I think it’s going to be a good combination.”
Fans will get their first look at the Lady Demons on Tuesday Feb. 19 as they will be hosting Ada for a scrimmage at Halliburton Field with kick-off set for 5:30 p.m.
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