Already the residents of Perry can hear the sound of athletes grunting, coaches shouting and Perry High School’s field becoming mangled by numerous pairs of cleats - soccer cleats, that is.
A number of girls have been working hard preparing for the upcoming 2016-2017 Jayette soccer season.
Last season the Jayettes finished with an overall 10-7 record, earning them a spot in the postseason, which ended in a 8-0 second-round loss at the hands of the current Class 2A state champions, the Lewis Central Titans.
Gilmar Guerra, Jayette head coach, returns to help guide his group to another solid season and a chance to advance past the second round.
It might be a slight uphill climb with a couple of key players having graduated and a roster that includes a young group.
“We have a very young team but I expect them to be playing well in a couple of weeks,” he said.
Two players he looks to carry the team’s offense prowess will be sophomore Natalie Martinez and junior Sydney Guerra.
Martinez finished her freshman campaign with a Raccoon River Conference (RRC) 30 goals, despite missing a few games. She finished 11th in the state.
Sydney comes off a solid season where she scored 13 goals in 15 games, placing her in the top 10 in the conference.
Also looking to contribute offensively and help lead the young squad is senior Grace Marburger who scored four goals last season.
Defensively, junior Selena Garcia will take the reigns of goalie vacated by last year’s senior Victoria Hegstrom.
In 15 games the Jayettes scored 57 goals, had 17 assists, 131 points, and were 5 of 13 on penalty kicks. Opposing teams averaged 2.714 goals a game and goalies combined for a 77.8 save percentage.