Soccer Camp Kicks Into Gear
On June 10-13, the Lovejoy High School girls soccer program held their annual summer soccer camp for ages Kindergarten-9th grade. With 75 kids in attendance, the campers had the opportunity to practice their skills. “The overall goal is to develop as a soccer player, have fun, and make new friends,”head girls soccer coach Ian Keeble stated. “It’s also a chance to get to know the coaches and the high school players.”
From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., campers learned new skills and techniques through games. The games taught them basic soccer skills like balance, coordination, dribbling, passing, shooting, receiving, and overall control on the ball. Campers were split into groups based on their age level and traveled around to each station together. The freshman class practiced with Coach Keeble in the indoor facility while everyone else was outside on the field with the coaching staff and current high school soccer athletes. “I am excited about the freshman class coming through, and I think they have an excellent opportunity to make an impact in our second year together,”Keeble stated. “The camp and the middle school season is all about showing them how we want to play and preparing them to be successful at the high school level.”
Last season, the girls soccer team had a historic season making it to the playoffs for the first time in five years. They had a season record of 13-8-1. “I am really looking forward to seeing the development of the players we are returning to the program,”Keeble stated. “I am also looking forward to seeing how all the new players will fit into the program.” Tryouts will start the week after Thanksgiving.