The always-optimistic Luke Helling-Christy surveyed the field during the Pierce College women’s soccer team’s practice at Heritage Park last week and saw nothing but potential.
Helling-Christy, the head coach for the first-year program, said he expects the roster to increase from 16 players going into September.
“We are right where we want to be at this point of the season,” Helling-Christy said. “We are still trying to reach out to students who don’t know about it or haven’t decided to play college soccer. There is still time to enroll.
“We can still accept players for the next couple of weeks and are looking to fill out six more roster spots,” he said. “If there are any players out there who are even remotely interested, we will take a look at them and go from there.”
The Raiders are particularly searching for more depth at goalkeeper. But one spot where Helling-Christy is not concerned is on offense.
“We are so strong in our frontline,” he said. “We have three very good forwards. We are trying to find the right balance right now with different configurations and combinations. Our outside backs (midfielders) are pretty good, and we are trying to figure out what system will fit them best.”
The Raiders’ offense will be led by Kaylee Holloway (Sumner High), Rachel Markey (Decatur) and Megan Ricks (Bonney Lake).
Helling-Christy said Holloway will be one of the team’s best players.
“Kaylee is a very strong player and is a natural leader,” he said. “I’m excited to work with her this year. She is going to be a big part of our team.”
The Raiders have focused on the basics during the first two weeks of practice.
“We definitely have players who are still knocking off the rust and learning the system,” Helling-Christy said. “We just put a mini-scrimage together (Aug. 20) with the offense against the defense, and there a lot of kinks to work out.
“Right now, we are working on natural instincts and abilities,” he added. “It is a slow, patient process, and everything is going in a positive manner, which is very important to me.”