Lady Skylanders get set for season
Sussex Community woman's soccer team ready for match play
The SCCC 2014 Lady Skylanders.
Olivia Bunge kicks the ball. Bunge is a native of Australia.
The Sussex County Community College womens soccer team practiced on Thursday, August 28, 2014.
Lady Skylander goalie Maria Andoldi.
Sklander soccer player Page Penque. The sophomore is from Hamburg.
Soccer practice can get rough sometimes. Skylanders Maria Andoldi and Anna Powell collide.
SCCC soccer goalie Maria Andoldi looks back as the ball sails into the net.
BY GEORGE LEROY HUNTER
NEWTON — Summer is almost over and autumn is just around the corner. September is the start of many things including the college sports season.
The Sussex County Community College women's soccer team practiced on Thursday, Aug. 28. The Lady Skylanders have been practicing throughout the summer for the upcoming fall season.
The educational institution in Newton offers numerous sports activities. Community colleges in general don't garner the attention their big name counterparts do sports wise. But they are still an important component to the gathering of knowledge as well as the pursuit of athletic aspirations for those who attend them.
Many student-athletes use community college as a springboard to a four-year college.
The Lady Skylanders are a small but eclectic team. Soccer players hail from Sussex County and the surrounding region. A few players from overseas also fill out the roster.
Recruiting for the women's team began nine months ago, according to second year head coach Juan Flores.
The 2013 season record for the Lady Skylanders is 6-12-0. A typical practice begins at a 6:45 a.m. during the week. Workouts usually last until noon with breaks. There are all types of running and drills done to keep the athletes in shape. Once the regular sixteen to eighteen game season begins in September, practices will be conducted from 3 to 5 p.m.
Flores said, "Compared to the men's team we have a very small roster. Currently we have twelve players and we are pushing them a lot in terms of conditioning. They have to be able to endure 90 minutes of play during a game. We don't have too many subs at this point. But with the talent we have we believe we will do well this season."
The women's team have a few scrimmages lined up before the opening season game.
For those interested in more information about the Sussex County Community College Lady Skylanders including game schedules go online at http://sussex.edu/athletics/
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