Sports: More female athletes wanted for soccer team
June 28, 2006
RAF LAKENHEATH — A women’s soccer team is looking to add more players to represent RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall in future matches.
The goal of the soccer team — better known as a football team outside the States — is to compete in the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Soccer Tournament in October. Last year, the two-base team finished third in the tourney.
As members train for the next tourney, which will be held in Germany, they’re looking to test their skills against British women squads and whoever else wants a piece of them.
Unfortunately, the women’s squad is lacking the players to fill out its roster. The team is looking to get at least 16 players. Now, there are five players on the team and a few random players that show up to their practices.
Staff Sgt. Sheree Dickover, a central defender, played in the first USAFE women’s soccer tournament in 2003 and would like to see the competition continue for the team.
“We’ll even take players who aren’t really experienced, because we have the time to train them up for the tournament,” she said.
Another player on the team, Airman 1st Class Jennifer Puff, feels that they could be worthy opponents, especially if more players participate in their practices.
“We have the talent,” said Puff, who plays forward.
Currently, the women’s team scrimmages against the RAF Lakenheath men’s team every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. behind Lakenheath High School. There have been talks about the girls high school soccer team scrimmaging with them.
“Right now, we’re just having fun,” Puff said about the scrimmages. “We’re getting our foot under the ball and our skill levels on the same page.”
“Don’t be intimidated. Come out and give it a go,” Dickover said to potential players.
Female players interested in joining the team can contact Puff at 226-8468 or drop her an e-mail at email@example.com.