Olivia McCafferty doesn’t think she’s very tough, but her soccer coaches would beg to differ. According to head coach Chad Roggow, the Boone Grove senior has footwork that gives her control over games and makes her a “big impact player” for the Wolves.
“Last year, Olivia literally controlled the ball and helped us set up every play we were doing,” Roggow said. “Whenever anybody came at her she was always able to get around them. Her ability to juke around and move is probably some of the best I’ve seen on our team in the 10 years I’ve been coach.”
McCafferty will serve as captain of the squad this year. McCafferty knows she will have her work cut out for her this season, but is excited to experience her last year of high school sports.
“My responsibilities,” she said, “will be to lead the team because I will be captain this year. I’ve just been trying to help people on the team as much as I can.”
“It’s a whole new year and a whole new time,” Roggow said, “so she is going to be working with a lot less seasoned individuals. I went from having a team where probably 90 percent drove to practice. Now I think there are only three that even have their license. That is going to make it harder for her because she will have to show a lot of leadership, and I think she will because she really wants to make this a meaningful season. She’s a good player, and she has shown true leadership and I would expect that she continues to do so this year, and I’m excited about that.”
Though she has traditionally played defense for the Wolves, McCafferty will swap over to the offensive side this season. Despite her predominant role as a defender for the Wolves, McCafferty has five career goals and 10 assists. Roggow added that McCafferty’s versatility gives her the potential to play in any position.
“Over the past four years 96 to 97 percent of our scoring came from three other individuals,” Roggow said. “So it was not Olivia’s role on the team to score or even assist. This year will be her opportunity to play a more offensive role, and I think that’s where she might have always wanted to be but didn’t get the opportunity to do so.”
McCafferty has more goals on her mind this year than just the kind made of two posts and a net – she hopes to make the all-area first team, and also has her eyes on conference and sectional championships. She believes that accomplishing these goals would help her cap off her senior year in a good way.
“Soccer has taught me to never give up,” McCafferty said, “and that if I want something I have to work for it. I like the competitiveness of soccer, and the fact that it’s a team sport, and not an individual sport. During the season, I become really close with my teammates.”