BISMARCK, N.D. - The WDA soccer season starts for a few teams this week, but Bismarck High will have a few more days to train before opening the season.
This spring is much better than last year.
"We're just happy to be outside with the winter we've had, just being able to be outside has been a blessing. They did a great job here at the bowl and at Legacy getting the field's cleared off for us," said Andy Foss, Bismarck head coach.
Foss says that's a big plus for evaluating talent and for the athletes for get ready for the upcoming games.
"We just get a better feel for who we are as players and a team. Practicing indoors on turf at the golf dome or indoors on a wooden basketball floor is not very soccer realistic, so being out here on turf and being able to use a real soccer ball and putting our cleats on it's been nice to get that so when we get into our first game we're ready to go," said Foss.
The Demons only graduated a pair of seniors off the varsity team, but one of them was the keeper. She'll be replaced by a multi-sport athlete.
"Olivia Dickerson, this is her second year of actually playing and she's done very well with things being her second year. Her height helps and she's very good at diving with the ball and she communicates very well with the back," said Rayni Vorachek,
"It's pretty good, but it's sad we lost our goalie and one of our best players, so it will be tough filling their positions. But so far it seems to be good," said Elle Hill.
The Demons lost in the state qualifying game last year, so their goal is to make it to the state tournament this spring.