The Park Center girls soccer team has begun the season with an 0-4 record, but, with the added assurance of a guaranteed spot in the section playoffs, the Pirates are working toward becoming the best team they can be.
Park Center dropped its first game of the season 5-4 to St. Cloud Apollo and followed that up with a 1-0 loss to Cooper Aug. 26, before taking on Champlin Park Aug. 29.
The Pirates got off to a good start against the Rebels, as Meghan DuBois scored just 45 seconds into the game to give the Pirates an early advantage.
“We were clicking, we look to come out with a positive attitude each and every day,” Park Center head girls soccer coach Keelie Sorensen said. “We want to let people know that we’re Park Center, we’re here to stay and we will be in every game until the end.
“We were talking more, our defense was starting to click, so we’re just working on the things we talk about in practice.”
Park Center allowed Champlin Park to tie the game at 1-1 just before halftime, and Champlin Park added five goals in the second half in what became a 6-1 Pirates loss.
“We’re making little improvements, which is what we have been talking about,” Sorensen said. “We look at the season as a trimester in school, when finals come we want to be the best we can be and improve each game, and I think we have done that.
“Improvement is huge and I feel we did that tonight.”
With time, Sorensen knows her team will be able to improve. In order to fast-track that improvement, Sorensen hopes her team will bond as a unit, which she feels will help the Pirates both on and off the field.
“I talk a lot about when I played, and I want them to feel like this is their second family,” Sorensen said. “When they’re out here with the girls, I want them to feel this bond on and off the field so that no matter what happens they’re happy, having a good time together.
“If we can create that culture, and I feel we’re on our way to doing that, then nothing can stop us and results are on their way.”
Park Center will play next against Osseo at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Park Center High School.
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