The Cookeville High School Lady Cavaliers soccer team, for lack of a better term, are the standard in District 6, AAA. Claiming six straight district titles.
Under first year head coach Lauren Metts last year they continued to live up to that standard compiling a season record of 14-2-1. They went undefeated in district play also. The Lady Cavs went 4-1 in post season play before losing to Oakland 1-0 in the sectionals.
Metts isn’t afraid of setting the bar to high after her year one results. However, she knows reaching last year’s marks this season will be no small task. Going into year two Metts has more new players than she has returning players.
“I try and remind myself now. Especially after going through a full season as a head coach is you can only control what you can control,” Metts said. “You feel pressure as a head coach. You want to be successful; you want to be a role model. All these things that you feel like you have got to be perfect at but nobody is, and that you have to try and do the best that you can with what you are given.”
On top of a young team, Metts changed up the scheduling a fair amount this season scheduling a much tougher slate of opponents.
“We definitely are going to be challenged a lot more,” Metts said. “We are going to have to show up and we are going to have to play our best a lot more. Our schedule wasn’t necessarily easy last season vie just changed some things up to make it a lot harder… Hopefully it will be all for the better when it comes to post season.”
Metts was hesitant to call out any returning or new coming players in reference to expectations. Especially with such a young team this early in the season.
“I want to do these girls justice. It’s not fun to lose, it is fun to fight and be competitive and play well,” Metts said. “
Replacing the entire attack team is troublesome for Metts and her staff. The staff feels like a strength of the team will be their defense. The Lady Cavaliers are looking for ways to manufacture some goals on the offensive end.
“It might not make for immediate success in games one, two, and four,” Metts said. “Maybe in games 16 and 17 they are finally getting the hang of it, they are getting ready.”