The start of the new school year also means the start of another season for fall sports teams. The Red Lion girls soccer team will be starting a new season with new faces on the varsity team, as fourteen seniors graduated, and also new faces in the coaching department, Carlos Mendoza as head coach and Victor Torres as Junior Varsity coach.
“I knew that a few of my friends played for Coach Mendoza before and said he was a good coach and would be great for our senior year.” said senior soccer player Hailey Gunnet on their new head coach, who is joining Red Lion after previously coaching for Cedar Cliff High School.
Since Coach Mendoza isn’t familiar with the group of girls he will not be able to set specific goals until he gets to konw his team’s strengths. Once he is familiar with who is he working with he will be able to set goals in stone.
Although Coach Mendoza doesn’t know the girls he will be working with, he has certain rules that he is already planning on telling them regardless. That includes a high fitness level, competitive play and above average skill work on the field. Another thing he expects is “to not pushed off the ball,” a term commonly used in soccer.
Coach Mendoza feels he can better everyone on the team.
“In the end I feel they can learn from me and better as an individual and a group.” he said.