SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — The South Brunswick girls soccer team is scheduled to finally get its season underway Thursday afternoon on the road against J.P. Stevens.
The season is starting almost a full month later than usual because of the NJSIAA's delaying of the schedule to adjust to COVID-19 guidelines, and, because of same, the length of the season will be condensed into about six weeks.
This will be a young South Brunswick team without a lot of varsity experience.
"We graduated 12 seniors, and have six returning players," said second-year South Brunswick coach Alexandra Bravo. "We will be a very young team of mostly sophomores and freshmen."
Senior goalie Tess Boyler, senior forward Ashley Roksvaag and sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Born bring back the most experience and Bravo hopes they can provide some guidance and leadership by example for the young Lady Vikings. Roksvaag and Born each had two goals and one assist last season, and Boyler made 136 saves.
While South Brunswick won just two games last season, both games with J.P. Stevens were tight, with the Hawks winning by scores of 2-0 and 1-0.
The program's rebuilding effort will afford lots of opportunities for young players to make their mark, and one that Bravo hopes might be able to do just that is Olivia Agosta, a freshman midfielder who has shown promise.
"The girls are eager to work hard and learn, so I hope that will benefit us throughout the season," Bravo said. "They are hard-working (and) determined to improve. But, (in terms of) physicality, the team is young with little experience of this level of soccer."
Following the road opener, South Brunswick is schedule to play its first home match on Tuesday, Oct. 6 against Monroe.