• Alex Jones | Sports Editor

Soccer team builds a winning foundation

The GC women’s soccer team travelled to northern Georgia for their preseason preparation for the 2018 season.

The group of 26 athletes spent a few days in the northern Georgia mountains near Tallulah Gorge State Park as they built team chemistry and grew closer together as a team and a family.

The mountain getaway was the first preseason trip that any of the women on the soccer team had ever experienced while being a part of the squad at GC.

“No one knew we were not going to have any cellular service once we got there,” said sophomore Sophia Bosner. “It really pushed us to do everything together.”

The team stayed in a cabin and spent time at the lake, building relationships with one another through games, exercises and fellowship 24/7.

“Our main goal was to get our team chemistry started early both on and off the field,” Bosner said. “We also wanted to set our core values that we expect to embrace as a team.”

One of the values the soccer team set as a standard for itself was to be a family first and always look out for each other. Another standard was that the members all want to maintain above a 3.5 GPA.

“We want to be respectful of each other at all times and be comfortable talking amongst ourselves about anything,” Bosner said.

Coming off of an 11-6 record last year, the GC women’s soccer team has set high expectations as they head into the 2018 season.

“We want to win the PBC championship,” said senior Amanda Bartholomew. “We talk about it almost everyday, and we want it bad.”

Bartholomew, who led the team in goals and assists last year, has already noticed the positive effects of the preseason mountain trip.

“In just the last week, it has paved and translated into how our season is going to go, and it is going to be unbelievable,” Bartholomew said.

The big games circled on the Bobcats’ schedule are Columbus State and UNC Pembroke, who knocked GC out of the PBC tournament last year in OT by one goal.

The team expects great success from its members and views its current squad as one of the best in the conference.

“We’re going to do better this year than last,” Bartholomew said. “We have more speed, depth and endurance, and even when a substitute comes in, our level of play will not drop.”

The Bobcats lost only three players from last year but were able to add 10 to the roster for the 2018 season.

“At this stage, it is the strongest and best a soccer team has played at GC in years,” Bartholomew said.

The Bobcats’ home opener will be on Sept. 2 against Florida Southern at 1 p.m.

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