2019 Girls Soccer Preview


Vinnie Bellissimo

Niles West brings up the ball to set up the offense.

By Sam Galanopoulos, Sports Editor & Multimedia Director

With spring coming around the corner, that means soccer season is starting up. The Niles West girls varsity soccer team had a great finish to their season, ending 8-7-2. With high hopes to this year’s season, they look forward to improving as a team, limiting their defeats, and having an overall memorable season.

For head coach Mulitin Cejovic, he is excited to see the season has in store and continuing to compete with a veteran-heavy team.

“I’m excited to get outside and watch our girls play some entertaining soccer. We have some very skillful players that are really fun to watch and coach,” Cejovic said. “Experience is everything. When you have players that have faced challenges of varsity sports and what it means to be a varsity player it can only help your team. It is more responsibility for them as well as to make sure the younger and new players adapt and a ready for what is awaiting them.”

Along with Cejovic, many seniors are returning to the team like senior defender Sammie Simkins and senior forward Ashley Dyer. These two, along with the returners and pumped for the season and eager to make a run in the conference.

“I’m excited about the bond our team has formed from last year and I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can go. We’ve worked extremely hard and I’m super eager to see how it all pays off. Our team is very close off the field and are always having fun so I expect that to translate onto the field and make it easier to work as a unit,” Simkins said.

Dyer was in agreement that the girls are prepared to compete with some of the best teams in the state while making a name for themselves.

“I’m so happy that season is finally around the corner because I know we’ve all been waiting for it to start for such a long time. We have a ton of veterans back on the team so that’s going to help us so much more with having experience and understanding how we need to play the game,” Dyer said. “Aside from the soccer aspect, I love the group of girls that I play with and we have such a good bond. I think these things will help guide us to get more wins and make a run at the end of the season when it counts.”

The varsity girls soccer team is extremely excited to showcase their talents and all of the hard work that has been put in throughout the offseason. The fans should look forward to competitive games, great energy, and a fun-filled spring season.

Be sure to catch the girls in action at their first home game on Tuesday, Mar. 12, at 4:45 P.M.