This week, the Galveston County Youth Soccer girls U14 squad (known as The Impact) will compete at the GSouth Texas Youth Soccer fall championships state tournament, playing at the Division II level in girls 14-and-under level.
The tournament will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Mission City Soccer Complex in San Antonio.
Coached by Jim McClure, The Impact has posted an 8-1 record this season.
For the Impact, it’s already been a season of making adjustments with a number of players having to play at a newer level of competition.
“Well, half of our girls could play at U13 which means their playing at an age up,” McClure said. “Also, this same group of girls played at the U12 last year, which is a smaller field with eight versus eight players. So, half of this team is playing up and have never played on 11 versus 11 and we’re playing at the state level, so that’s pretty significant.”
While inclement weather and the Thanksgiving break have hampered the team’s practice schedule a little bit, McClure says the lack of training shouldn’t be a factor in preparing for state.
“We drill the stuff in the players’ heads over and over during the season,” McClure said. “But when you go out on that field, you’re not thinking. You’re acting. If you’re still teaching them something intellectually at this point, then you’re more likely to screw it up than make it better. It’s got to be built into their behavior at this point.”
Galveston County will begin the tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday against the Vulverde Lady Rangers before taking on the Santa Fe Sharks later that day at 3 p.m.
The Impact will play their last game in the tournament at noon Sunday against the BT Elite Premier.
The tournament is a round-robin format and the team with the best record will be crowned champions.