“They’ve been showing good leadership in helping the team to focus and getting them pumped up,” McGinnity said of her captains.
She also remarked how the Falcons will be looking to move the ball upfield as quickly as possible, be it through passing or getting instant breakaways. In other words, McGinnity wants her squad to take advantage of its speed — meaning the midfield will be crucial.
“For me personally, the midfield is the strength of a team. It controls how well you get the ball up the field,” explained McGinnity. “Our midfield is learning, but they’re strong players. They are getting used to a different system. “
On the defensive end, the Falcons will look to perfect their positioning and play a patient game. Senior Amanda Ward and juniors Lauren Johnson and Raquel Leslie have been strong in the preseason in front of goalkeeper Nicole Papamichael. McGinnity has been impressed with the play of her senior in the cage and expects her to progress even more as the season goes on.
“A goalie needs to be agile, aggressive and vocal to her defensive teammates because she’s the one who can see the field. And she needs to be confident,” noted McGinnity. “I feel like she’s building toward that. In the short time in preseason I’ve seen a change from Day 1.”