DANVILLE — One of the most promising aspects of this year’s Danville High girls soccer team is its depth. Head coach Katie Gremar has believed since the beginning of the season that her squad has tremendous potential, and much of that confidence has come with the inclusion of so many new athletes into the program.
The biggest question entering the season might have been how quickly that potential would be seen on game day. Defining and refining the skills of newcomers isn’t always an easy task, but the Vikings proved they were capable on Saturday.
Danville put on a show for the visiting Decatur Eisenhower Panthers and picked up its third win of the season when seven different Vikings found the back of the net in a 7-0 win.
“We have a really well-rounded team, and we have subs that can come in off the bench and can play really well and fill in for those varsity players,” Danville junior midfielder Taylor Ellis said. “I am a captain and a starter and I sat out like half the game and we still continued to win, and I know that was true of most of our starters. We just have a lot of talent on the bench, which we didn’t have last year. We had a smaller team.”
That smaller team produced only one win last season, so the team’s confidence level is on a new high. The Vikings (3-4-1 overall, 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference), however, realize there is still work to be done.
Danville picked up the win after playing to a tie with Mattoon earlier in the week, and suffering an 8-0 loss to the high-caliber Springfield Senators on Thursday. But their spirits weren’t crushed. Instead, they have continued playing with the confidence of a team that has already passed last season’s win total, and is seeking continual improvement and consistency.