Siuslaw News | New start for Siuslaw women’s football
August 23, 2022 – The Siuslaw women’s soccer team will play their first ever game on Thursday, August 25 when they travel to Sweet Home to meet the Huskies for a non-league game.
Football in Siuslaw is in its infancy as the men’s team played its first varsity season in the spring of 2020. As with any new start, there will be challenges growing up, but the team will be led by an experienced coach in Amy Tregoning.
Tregoning, a science teacher at Siuslaw Middle School, will lead a team that does not include seniors but includes girls who have played together in Florence’s youth leagues since they were young.
Tregoning has been playing football for over 30 years at almost every level, from recreational leagues to semi-professional leagues. She started coaching in Washington in 2004 and similar to her playing background, she has also coached at almost every level.
Her first high school coaching experience was as an assistant at Forks High School in Washington and from day one she tried to look beyond the wins and losses and put her players first. the skills they will need on and off the pitch. She does this by leading by example.
“It’s about teaching kids good sportsmanship and how to deal with wins and losses, and how to show integrity and respect your ethics throughout,” Tregoning said. “Of course it’s also about working hard and learning and honing your skills… that’s also in there, but I think the most important thing is sportsmanship and being a good human. These are the things that I model for my children. They see me doing it and realize that I’m not asking them to do something that I wouldn’t do myself.
Since this is Siuslaw’s first year fielding a women’s varsity team, it will be difficult to get real-life high school football experience on the 16-girl roster. Sophomore Berkley Tregoning and junior Taylor Spencer both played on the junior boys varsity team last year, but other than those two, the only previous experience for the players on the team is in the youth leagues.
Although he has no previous playing experience, sophomore Nik Shelton was the manager of the Viking Boys football team last year. Coach Tregoning had a different idea for her this year.
“Nikky was our team leader last year, but I knew that kid could kick a ball,” she said. “She happened to be wearing cleats the other day and I was like, ‘Great! We need you for a workout’ and after a while I looked at her and said, ‘ Why are you the manager of this team? You are 100% a footballer.’ Since that day, she has been a player.
While the Vikings will try to win every game they enter this fall, given that it’s the program’s first year, priorities will be a little different.
“It’s a year of construction,” said the coach. “I really want them to have fun. That’s why we play football. I really want to see them grow and take their skills to the next level. That way we will be much better next year.
There will be a lot of unknowns in this first year, including the skill level of the teams the Vikings will face. Siuslaw will play in the nine-team 3A/2A/1A Special District with familiar schools like Elmira and Pleasant Hill, but also schools like Central Linn and Eddyville Charter, schools that don’t often appear on Siuslaw’s sports schedules. .
“I really don’t know how we’re going to do this year,” coach Tregoning said. “Our children are quite strong. I don’t know much about the teams we face.
Some of the journeys to take on these unknown opponents will be long, and many of the kids on the Siuslaw Women’s Soccer Team will learn to balance sports, schoolwork, family, and all that comes with being a student/athlete to the first time. time.
“Sometimes after a game we’re going to come home at 1:30 in the morning, which in itself is going to be a challenge,” Tregoning said.
The challenge kicks off Thursday when the Vikings travel to Sweet Home for a game at 6 p.m. Local fans will have their first chance to see the Viking girls football team on September 12 when they host Creswell.
The home opener and most other home games this season will be played at Hans Petersen Memorial Field behind Siuslaw Middle School. This is an exciting development, as until this year high school football was played on the nondescript field at the corner of 27e and Oak Streets.
“It’s very important for us to be able to play in the stadium this year,” coach Tregoning said.
For Siuslaw’s full women’s soccer schedule, visit www.osaa.org/teams/46378.