Herrin Girls Soccer Club Gaining Experience


By WSIL Sports

HERRIN -- Herrin High School has never had a girl's soccer team, but everything changed this year when a group of girls showed interest in the sport and helped develop a club.

"I think it is really great that our high school is starting up a soccer team," said Herrin junior Mary Jones. "It has been in the talks for a couple years now. We are finally getting the ball rolling."

"I have been playing soccer for awhile now, but I didn't think I would get to play for my high school," said Herrin junior Tori Mattingly. "Now that I am a junior, we are forming a team, and I am very excited to be playing with people that I have known for awhile now."

The club is competing against teams all around the area as the Tigers work on gaining chemistry and experience as a team.

"It is a building year, and it is a learning process for these girls," said Herrin head coach Fernando Castillo. "It is moving in the right direction."

Next season, the club turns into a junior varsity team, and then a year after that, the Tigers will be able to compete at the varsity level.

"We are going to improve a lot over the next year," said Jones. "I am personally a junior, and I am excited to see how much our team improves over the summer and whenever we have practice and come back next spring. "

"No seniors graduating, so we will all be back," said Mattingly.

As for now, these girls hope that more will show interest in the sport and join their team next season.

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