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Northland Pines girls soccer adjusts in first week back

Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 04/28/2021 9:06PM, Last Updated 04/28/2021 10:36PM
Eagle River - Girls soccer practices were given the green light on April 26. Like every spring sport, girls soccer has been dormant for almost two full years, so this year's seniors were underclassman the last time Northland Pines played a game.

Being thrust into the de facto leader role has been an adjustment for a few of the Eagles. 

"We didn't really get to see that leadership for almost two years. We're literally newbies at this," said Rowan Claver. "We don't really know how to lead a team, but we have a lot of new people coming in and it's hard for us to teach them soccer and we don't know how to do this very much."

"I try to lead by example, and work my hardest all practice, and make sure people are doing that too, and not slacking off," said McKenzie Mayo.

Although it has been difficult, they got a head start by organizing group workouts during the off-season.

"It really helped us to see who wanted to put in the extra work as seniors. And who was leading that," explained Natalie Fluegel. "It also showed the underclassmen that our expectations are high and we want to do well. It sort of made that bar and we're excited to see how that goes."

"I ran cross country back in the fall, so I started with that and then in the winter I started working out to get back into shape," said Beth Liermann. "It was hard at first, but now it's showing in the soccer field that it's going to pay off."

Pines is scheduled to open their season on May 4 against Three Lakes.

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