Tonight, the Varsity Girls’ Soccer team will begin to participate in the State Playoffs: kicking off their journey to reach their goal of becoming state champions.
Head coach Joshua Martin has been coaching at Roberson for six years with this year being his second year as head coach.
“Martin’s best aspects are just as good off the field as they are on. He is involved in each player’s life and truly cares about us, and I think that what’s makes him the best coach,” junior Kennedy Rucker said.
Although the Lady Rams have never won a state title, they have come close, being runner-up for the title five times since the program began in 1990. Since then, the team has made it to playoffs every year. The team has made it to as high as the third round of playoffs, which is half way to winning a state title. However, this year, Martin has confidence that the team will perform well in playoffs and can’t wait for the Lady Rams to begin their journey.
“They’ve worked hard, we’ve got a lot of talent, and we’ve got a lot of commitment. It’s going to be tough; you’ve got to have a bit of luck on your side, and play your absolute best. But we have a shot, just like everyone else,” Martin said.
The Rams entire athletic program was switched from 4A to 3A this year. This means that the girls will play against schools closer to Roberson’s size versus the past years when they played in a bracket with schools sometimes nearly double in size.
The Women’s team finished first in the conference this season, winning a total of 14 games, tying once, and losing one.
“I have 100 percent faith that our team this year can become state champions. We have a great group or girls and have a lot of talent on our team, and I believe we can do it,” Kenedy finished.