McDonough girls soc­cer to use the motto ‘ONE’ for 2016 sea­son

McDonough girls soc­cer team uses motto for 2016 sea­son

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

The motto is plain and sim­ple, “ONE.”

The McDonough High School girls soc­cer team are go­ing all in to em­brace it as the 2016 reg­u­lar sea­son gets un­der­way.

The Rams, who were sched­uled to kick off their sea­son on Tues­day evening at Patux­ent in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion matchup, are fo­cus­ing on the motto that means all 11 play­ers on the field are play­ing as one co­he­sive unit.

“For us it rep­re­sents us play­ing to­gether as one unit and we want to all play for each other and be mo­ti­vated for each other,” McDonough head coach Dave Brad­shaw said. “If one per­son fal­ters, we all fal­ter. We do every­thing to­gether, so we def­i­nitely want to buy in to be­ing one co­he­sive unit.”

Af­ter ad­vanc­ing to the Class 1A North Re­gion cham­pi­onship game last fall — los­ing to Car­roll County’s Manch­ester Val­ley — the Rams hope to im­prove on their 9-6 over­all record last sea­son, which in­cluded a third-place 4-2 mark in the SMAC’s Po­tomac Di­vi­sion.

“The girls came into the sea­son mo­ti­vated and ready to work hard and that re­ally set the tone for us,” Brad­shaw said. “They have high ex­pec­ta­tions of them­selves and of each other. I think the en­ergy and com­pet­i­tive­ness the girls show has re­ally driven us to have an­other good sea­son.”

On the motto, McDonough ju­nior de­fender El­iz­a­beth Saoud, an All-County sec­ond-team se­lec­tion a year ago, said, “One em­bod­ies what we are try­ing to do with the team and how we are try­ing to grow as a fam­ily. We want to stick to­gether and sup­port each other and even if we make mis­takes, we have time to grow from them.”

With a bevy of re­turn­ing play­ers and new in­com­ing play­ers, it should be an­other promis­ing year for the Rams.

“We have some new tal­ent and some re­turn­ing play­ers. We have a very good mix,” Saoud said. “We have all the po­si­tions cov­ered and we work re­ally well to­gether.”

Months be­fore a ball hit the soc­cer pitch, the Rams at times took part in team-build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties they hope will lead to suc­cess on the field this sea­son.

“If you are not all to­gether, then you won’t be dis­ci­plined and be able to fight through ad­ver­sity,” said Rams ju­nior start­ing goal­keeper Car­ley Hebb, who was also se­lected to the All-County sec­ond team last sea­son. “Coach Brad­shaw is cen­tered on ev­ery­one be­ing to­gether be­cause he’s re­al­ized that if you don’t play to­gether, then you won’t be as suc­cess­ful. Be­ing one team is big for us. We have lit­tle par­ties and get-to­geth­ers that cre­ate team bond­ing, so we are well con­nected on and off the field.”

The Rams know be­ing in a team en­vi­ron­ment does won­ders.

“Last year we were very young and had a great play­off run,” Brad­shaw said. “Un­for­tu­nately we took a knock in the re­gional fi­nal, but we knew where we wanted to be, so we made some changes to try to mo­ti­vate and get bet­ter in prac­tice. Like ev­ery sport, we want to take it one game at a time and we truly just want to get bet­ter each day. We see the po­ten­tial with the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion that we put in.”

Brad­shaw noted that the say­ing re­ally sym­bol­izes the out­look of the team.

“It fits us as a team and we have one goal from the be­gin­ning of the sea­son and we are not go­ing to stop un­til we get it,” Brad­shaw said. “We are con­tin­u­ing to take that next step and we want to be one of the teams that year in and year out are com­pet­ing at the next level.”

McDonough is next sched­uled to host Great Mills at 6 p.m. Fri­day.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

Mem­bers of the McDonough Rams girls soc­cer team will wear wrist­bands that rep­re­sent the motto “ONE” for the 2016 fall sea­son.

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