The girls’ soccer team opened their season at the jamboree Friday, March 8. The Bruins joined Battle High School (BHS) and Hickman High School (HHS) at BHS to play their first competitive minutes as a team. The jamboree showcased a transformed RBHS team, that lost seven seniors as well as their head coach since last season. So far, this year’s seniors have been adjusting to the new dynamics while leading the team.
“A completely new line of defense who is still learning to work together would probably be our biggest weakness,” senior defender Alexis Kliethermes. “Our greatest strength is the level of energy and hard work each and every girl puts into how they play. I am amazed at this year’s group of girls and how we really give everything we’ve got.”
The seniors are also adjusting to their new coach, Scott Wittenborn, who has coached the RBHS boys’ soccer team since 2014.
Like Kliethermes, who said the jamboree still gives her a “bittersweet feeling” despite losing so many teammates, senior forward Grace Davis is embracing her final season as a Bruin, despite how different this season may be.
“We’re all willing to put in the effort as individual players,” Davis said. “But we haven’t really come together as a team completely. . . I think that with a little more time, we’re going to have a great team this year.”
Davis believes the jamboree is a way to bring the new team together. Although learning to play under a new coach has been hard for Davis so far, she sees the potential in her transformed team.
“I think no matter what, if we play how we know we can, it won’t really matter who’s coaching,” Davis said.
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