The St. Pius X High School girls’ soccer players are keeping their eyes on the prize: a fourth consecutive state title.
“That’s kind of the expectation. We set the bar pretty high, that’s what we’re hoping for this year,” said girls’ soccer coach Sara Geiger. “That being said, we can’t be complacent, we have to go out and work for it.”
And Geiger said the team has its work cut out.
“We lost a good amount of seniors last year,” Geiger said. “This is a young team [of players] that haven’t been starters in the past.”
Geiger said the girls are working on communication on and off the field to get comfortable with one another.
“We do a lot of things off the field, like team dinners before home games. We have a lot of team bonding activities,” Geiger said.
Though there is some uncertainty that comes with having new players in different positions, Geiger thinks it will work in her team’s favor.
“We have a lot of speed and a lot of different weapons. In the past, we’ve had one big scorer or one big defensive player,” Geiger said. “[Now} we have so many different weapons and so many people that contribute. It’s nice for them to do it as a team.”
Along with new talent, there are a number of veteran players whose talent is being recognized by coaches at the collegiate level. Geiger said five of the team’s six seniors have signed scholarships to play soccer in college.
She said she’s looking forward to watching the older players and younger players bond to create a new team dynamic this year that she hopes will lead to another championship in the Georgia High School Association’s AAA division. “I see lots of potential in these girls,” Geiger said.
Devin Hurley signed a scholarship to play soccer at Birmingham-Southern College.
Drew Morgan signed a scholarship to play soccer at Rutgers University.
St. Pius X will have its first ever home baseball game at the newly-minted Seaver Family Sports Complex. The baseball field is the only completely synthetic turf high school field in Georgia.