When the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team heads to Smyrna on Friday, May 29, to play the state championship game against the winner of the Caravel and Wilmington Friends game, they will be bringing along more than just equipment.
They will be bringing all of us on board for the ride.
This will be the first time in the program’s history they will be competing in the state championship game, and it is their moment in the sun. The players’ moment. The coaches’ moment. The parents’ moment. The support team’s moment. They have put in the extra effort, bonded together as a team and reached heights never attained before.
“For us to be in this position is huge,” explained coach Steve Kilby. “They work so hard. We said from the beginning of the year that this is a special group. They have a chance to do something that’s never been done before for our school.”
Indeed they have.
This is rarified air for the program, and no matter how Friday’s game comes out, these young ladies will have this experience as a bond amongst each other for the rest of their lives. They’ve done what hasn’t been done before, and they’ve done it together. They will one day tell their granddaughters of what a group of girls were able to do together when they shared a common dream, and that could provide a boost to those young ears that spans generations.
This is something they should all be proud of for the rest of their lives, and it is definitely something in which we can all take pride.
We know how this area supports Indian River students, be it on the athletic field, in the classroom or out in the community, and we have seen the support this team has received on our social media outlets.
Take that with you on Friday, Indians. We are all in your corner.