Looking around at practice this spring, Foster girls soccer coach Heather Deleza couldn’t help but notice: It’s a littles crowded.
After finishing last season with 17 players, Foster averaged between 25 and 30 players at spring practice sessions – a noticeable jump. Deleza expects the Bulldogs to have enough players for a JV team this season, the first time in four years.
“Our biggest struggle is numbers and commitment,” Deleza, who is entering her sixth year at Foster, said. “I always have my core kids that come out, but there are some new faces out here this year.”
In order to boost involvement Foster athletic director J.D. Hill worked with Deleza to get more athletic gear for the team, the school recognized the team at assemblies and Deleza talked to middle school coaches to get girls interested earlier.
Availability has been holding the numbers down.