By Steve Breazeale
Last Season: The Dolphins finished fifth in the South Coast League.
Players to Watch: Sophia Gullickson, Meghan Shaver and Elizabeth Durst.
Circle ‘em: The nonleague highlight will be an appearance in the Aliso Cup Tournament (12/8-15). A competitive league stretch includes games against San Clemente (1/20) and Aliso Niguel (1/22).
Change was the name of the game for the Dana Hills girls soccer team in 2013. A large group of seniors graduated after a successful season and head coach Carrie Taylor and her staff were brought in near the end of October, just about one month shy before the start of the season. The Dolphins spent the year adjusting and now re-group for a run through the South Coast League in 2014.
Six starters from last year’s group return, along with 12 returning varsity players.
The Dolphins are senior heavy, especially at midfield, where Sophia Gullickson and Megan Shaver return.
The Dolphins graduated their goalie, Meghan Dickmann, and the position is up for grabs, according to Taylor.
The high-profile Aliso Cup Tournament will highlight the Dolphins nonleague schedule and prepare them for the competitive South Coast League, which features three teams ranked in the CIF-SS Division 1 preseason polls. Rival San Clemente is currently ranked seventh, Aliso Niguel is ranked fifth and Capistrano Valley is t-10th.
After a down year last year, Taylor believes the strong group of returning players has taken it upon themselves to prepare for the new season.
“The leadership of this group is strong and the returners have set the tone for the younger players from the beginning,” Taylor said. “We have a good energy, solid leadership from the players this year and I think that if we stay healthy, good things are just around the corner.”
Date Opponent Location, Time
12/4 Valencia Valencia, 5 p.m.
12/8-15 Aliso Cup Tourn. TBA, TBA
12/16 Beckman DHHS, 5 p.m.
12/27-30 NOCC Tourn. TBA, TBA
1/2 Troy Troy, 11 a.m.
1/3 Marina DHHS, noon
1/6 El Toro DHHS, 4:30 p.m.
1/8* Capistrano Valley CVHS, 4:30 p.m.
1/13* Mission Viejo DHHS, 4:30 p.m.
1/20* San Clemente SCHS, 4:30 p.m.
1/22* Aliso Niguel DHHS, 4:30 p.m.
1/29* Capistrano Valley DHHS, 4:30 p.m.
2/3* Mission Viejo MVHS, 4:30 p.m.
2/9* San Clemente DHHS, 4:30 p.m.
2/11* Aliso Niguel ANHS, 4:30 p.m.
*–denotes league match