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La Salle-Peru graduate Mikayla Ferguson (No. 10) looks to maneuver around a defender during a game last year. Ferguson and the Eagles look to get a win this fall after going 0-7-1 last season.

IVCC will be looking to get into the win column this year after finishing the season 0-7-1 in 2018.

Coach Rey Arteaga feels that he has the team to get the job done.

“One nice thing we are excited about this year is the numbers,” Arteaga said. “We only had eight girls last year and it’s an issue against a full team. We got subs this year, which is a plus right off the bat. Injuries and games so close together hurt last year, but this year we have a full team and games spread out. We have time in between games to rest and work on things.”

The Eagles will be stronger on offense in 2019 than they were a year ago.

La Salle-Peru graduate Mya Hewitt, who was one of the injured last year, returns this year along with fellow L-P grad Mikayla Ferguson, who plays midfield and can distribute the ball well for the Eagles.

Also helping out in the middle with Ferguson will be former L-P standout Sabrina Poole, who was the NewsTribune Player of the Year as a junior, while Mendota graduate Mia Preciado will contribute in multiple ways.

DePue graduate Felicia Olivares and Princeton alumna Jamie Orwig are also expected to contribute.

“Mia Preciado from Mendota has been working on her offensive game this year,” Arteaga said. “She is also our goalie from a year ago and with a center-back from Mendota also, she’ll be familiar and really be a nice triangle on the defense back there. And another sophomore is Gessica Sperling, who is our utility player who can play offense and defense or anywhere the team needs.”

Arteaga thinks the increased number of offensive weapons will help the Eagles get their first win and a few more.

“I am really looking forward to seeing what this team can do,” Arteaga said. “This is a very close group on and off the field. I really think we will get that win we didn’t have last year and even more than that.

“One of the team’s strengths is we’re all on the same page. In years past, that hasn’t been the case. We communicate great and are eager to learn. This team is also very book smart and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can achieve in the classroom and to get as many on the all-academic team as we can.”

Brad Martin Sr. can be reached at 220-6939 or at sports@newstrib.com.

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