Written by Tyler Krusz
BREWER – The Witches have something brewing on the soccer field this fall.
After dropping their first game of the year to Mt. Ararat, Brewer has rattled off not only four straight victories, but four straight shutouts as well.
“The four straight shutouts is just what everyone else sees,” said goalie and senior captain Bella Tanis. “What we see is the tip of the iceberg for all the hard work that we’ve put in this summer, and everything up until now. I have a great defensive line in front of me, midfield, front line- can’t win a game unless you score goals.”
“We’ve been playing the way we’ve been trying to play since summer sessions started,” said head coach Phillip Turmelle. “She’s right, the tip of the iceberg, [and] that’s what we want.”
Leading the way for the Witches is nine seniors, five of them captains including Tanis, and they’ve all been sharing the field together for a while. That chemistry has shown up both on and off the field, and in the win column.
“We were playing rec ball at like four years old together,” said striker and midfielder Jordan Doak, another one of Brewer’s captains. “I think the talking has gotten a lot better with us, too, and that’s really helped us a lot.
“I think it’s all of us working together as a whole,” said midfielder and striker Charlee Laffey, also a captain. “Our defense is always killing it, midfield is showing to the ball, our strikers are finding the runs. I think it’s really just a team effort.”
“On and off the field they’re having fun, they’re smiling, you can see it pregame and you can see it after game,” Turmelle said. “Since day one the smiles were there.”
Turmelle is in year one at the helm of the Witches, and he’s already making a difference with the program, too.
“I spent six years with the boys, with the JV program and coach Ben Poland,” he said. “It’s a whole new world over here, but I love it, they’ve been awesome. I can’t ask anything more of them, willing to learn, willing to put in the effort, and I think the results have been showing.”
“I feel like everyone this year really wants to be here, and they all want to get better,” Doak said. “And our coach does a good job coaching us through everything.”
Through five games, the girls have already surpassed their win total from last fall, and while their taking things one day at a time, they’re all certainly looking forward to what the future of the season has in store.
“We’ve all worked really hard to get to where we’re at, and we all just want to go out with a bang,” Tanis said. “We’re excited for what we’re capable of, we’re excited on how we’ve been playing, and just want to keep that momentum going.”