Hoskins admitted it was difficult leaving her friends on the track team, but said her role on the soccer team was clear from the beginning.
“(Gremar said) I am an all-around player and she likes my speed, so I am interchangeable,” Hoskins said. “I play different positions every game.
“If we are playing a super-good team, I would prefer to play defense, but if we are playing a team that doesn’t have as good of an offense, I would rather play forward.”
Regardless of where Hoskins plays, adding depth and speed to the team — along with, among others, freshman Dahaila Escobedo — depth will definitely be key as the Vikings progress through the season.
“I think the team as a whole has started to come together,” Gremar said. “They are starting to learn where to play with each other. I have talked a lot to the girls about compensating; if you’ve got a girl who is slower but has good foot skills, send them the ball right to their feet rather than leading them on so that they can use those foot skills.
“The more they practice together and the more they get game experience together, I think they are starting to anticipate those things better.”
The Vikings will once again be tested this week with a pair of road games against Mahomet-Seymour (on Tuesday), and Normal West (Saturday). The Vikings’ next home game will be April 21 when they host Bloomington.