Net-Surfers U16 girls are literally riding the waves at the moment as they remain unbeaten in league play.
Gary Tanner’s charges are atop the Kentucky Select Soccer League Premier Division and are quietly confident of bringing home some hardware before season’s end.
In their five games in the league, they have won three and tied two.
On Saturday, they beat Spencer County 4-0, adapting to a smaller pitch than what they are accustomed to.
Coach Tanner told Kick It the girls have been playing well ahead of some imminent cup competitions — the Mockingbird-hosted Louisville Cup this weekend and the Addidas United Cup of Champions in Nashville from April 27-29.
“I’m happy to see that we continue to improve,” said Tanner. “In the end, these girls love to train. Their love of the game is evident.”
And why wouldn’t they love to train when they have the likes of Women’s Professional Soccer player Beverly Goebel popping up at practice to give them some valuable tips.
Goebel, now of Sky Blue FC, was part of Western New York Flash when it won the WPS championship in 2011.
“She was a great asset to the girls, allowing them to see that if they work for it, they can achieve success in the game,” said Tanner.
In May, Net-Surfers will face what Tanner believes will be their “ultimate test” in the Indiana President’s Cup.
The event, now in its second year, is a middle-tier competition between the State and Challenge Cup levels.
The tournament features boys’ and girls’ teams from U11 to U17, with champions from U14-U17 getting the chance to represent Indiana at regional and possibly national level.
“Rather than allowing the team to have an easy go of it, I chose the more challenging tournament, a step up from last year,” he said. “I feel good where the team is as a whole. We’ve added some players that help us in key spots.”
Tanner said he doesn’t quite want the girls hitting their best form just yet, however.
“It’s difficult to maintain that level of mental and physical toughness required at this point continuing through the end of May,” he said. “I want us to peak in mid-May — I’m certain we are up for it.”