The Kingwood Women’s Soccer team started out a highly anticipated season early last month and have already picked up where they left off last season, under their new coach, Coach Veroneau. “Things are different, but different isn’t always a bad thing. Coach Veroneau has taken Kingwood Soccer and made it his own and we are all on board for the changes,” said Forward Breezy Moore.
Coach Bodron, who coached the team in previous years, had a lot of success as the team made it to the regional semi-finals last season. The Mustangs have quickly learned, with a new coach, comes new coaching methods. “We’ve created ‘little sister’ families [in the program]. Almost every player on varsity has a sister from each age group and we have bonded off of that. Coach V lets us play games on the field that are both fun and soccer related that bring out our fun, competitive sides,” Mid-Fielder Kennedy Brown said.
Kingwood started the season with a record of 7-2-2 (as of January 26) including a few wins on their way to finishing first at the Brazos Cup Tournament in College Station. Coach Veroneau will be tested early on as Kingwood will be playing in new District 16-6A with tough opponents such as The Woodlands and Atascocita. “They’re going to be difficult games for sure but if we play our game, we should come out as district champs again,” Moore said.
The Mustangs surely have their work cut out for them but they are taking it one step at a time. They are setting the bar high, aiming for the State Championship. “We finally started getting into a great rhythm that resulted in us winning all our games. I’m looking forward to playoffs and reaching our team goal which is to make it state championship. But first, we are taking it one game at a time, improving what we need to do in order to achieve that goal,” said Brown.
Being returning letterman themselves, Moore (4 year starter) and Brown (3 year starter) have seen talent come and go throughout the program. Both seniors will be departing to play soccer at the collegiate level at the end of this season, Moore (SFA) and Brown (Baylor), but they have trust in their underclassman teammates to carry on the Mustangs winning tradition. “I hope [the underclassman] carry on the Kingwood Soccer legacy and I have faith that they will!” exclaimed Brown.
Even with a new face at the helm of Kingwood Women’s Soccer, the Mustangs will continue to be a power house in the city of Houston, aiming for yet another district title and possibly a state title!
Written by Gabe Henderson, a Kingwood HS journalism student