BEECHER | Bobbi Stanula and the Beecher girls soccer team may have had some trouble finishing their scoring chances this 2013 season, but that hasn't stopped the Ladycats from being competitive and posting a winning record of 9-5-1 this year.
Stanula doesn't find herself being called on to score much for Beecher. Instead, the senior stopper is the heart and soul of the always strong defense. Stanula knows she will have to take a more vocal role if the team is going to make a run in this year's state playoffs.
"Personally, I think I need to do a lot of talking with the team," Stanula said. "We need voices out there. If there's no voices, you don't know where anybody is at. We have to look for who's open. We always have wide open spaces, we just have to find where they're at."
Stanula has an awareness of her role to the younger Beecher players who may be looking to their senior captain for leadership.
"I try to be somebody that they can look up to," Stanula said. "Be a good role model for the future. Especially, since I'm leaving this year. I want to give hope for next year too."
Beecher will begin tournament play Tuesday against Bishop McNamara in the second game of the Class 1A Manteno Regional. The Bobcats have struggled for goals in a rain-shortened 2013 season, but Stanula is confident the team can compete at the Manteno Regional.
"Clean passes on the ground and finding the back of the net," Stanula said. "That's what's going to get us far. I think we can do that. We're definitely capable of it. I definitely think that we are going to be OK."
The Bobcats faced Bishop McNamara on March 28th and battled the Fightin' Irish to a 1-1 tie. Stanula and Company are hoping they can get past Bishop McNamara this time around to probably face regional favorite Manteno. Beecher lost to Manteno 0-4 on April 8th.
Stanula believes the scoring is a team effort, and it will take the help of teammates to get Beecher their offensive chances.
"We have to depend on each other to get the goals," Stanula said. "Otherwise it isn't going to happen."
Stanula maintains soccer has always been in the family genes, and she said it will continue to be a part of the family in the coming years.
"Soccer is definitely my first passion," Stanula said. "I've been playing since I was five. My sister, my older siblings -- I'm the youngest one -- they've always played soccer, so it's just kind of something we're keeping in the family. It's definitely a family thing, and it will be for a long time."
Stanula said her family is a big part of what keeps her motor running while out on the pitch.
"If they weren't there, I probably wouldn't do it," Stanula said. "They push me hard. And yelling my name on the sidelines definitely helps me go."