AMESBURY -- Even before the season began, the Amesbury girls soccer players’ practice shirts said it all: “We believe. It’s our year.”
And so far, it has been.
The Amesbury girls soccer team completed an undefeated regular season after its 4-0 shutout against Rockport Thursday, inflating its record to 15-0-2.
“It’s hard to put into words just how I feel,” Amesbury coach Cathy Berry says of the regular season. “I feel overwhelmed with the whole idea of this. But the fact that I’ve been a little part of it, there are 25 parts to this process this year, just to be a part of it feels wonderful. It’s very rewarding given the fact that I have been at it for 12 years.”
Indeed things haven’t always been this good for the Indians. Berry walked into a shaky program when she moved up to coaching varsity from JV in 2002.
“We would win a couple of games, tie a couple,” Berry says of her humble beginnings as head coach. “Then we would have a season where we would win four, tie two, win three, tie five. But we never got into those double-digit points. We were constantly improving skill-wise, until (this year’s) seniors were in eighth grade, then we started getting better. We won seven games (in 2008), which was big for us.”
The next year (2009), the Indians missed the state tournament by only one point. But in 2010 and 2011, they went to the first round of the playoffs.
“They started putting the time in long before me,” the proud Berry says of her girls. “Their love of soccer and how much time they’ve put into their game, even without me, makes me extremely proud of their work ethic and their maturity and their dedication.”
Many of these Indians have been playing together since youth soccer, developing a language all their own. Senior defender Emily Martin sees that as a key ingredient to the team’s success.