The Rainy River Owl girls' and boys' soccer teams will be looking to start the NorWOSSA 'A' season off on the right foot today.
The boys were slated to face the Red Lake Rams while the girls were to battle the Sioux Lookout Warriors this afternoon in the regular season-opener at RRHS, with the outcomes not known as of press time.
Rebecca Tolen, who coaches the girls' squad, noted that her athletes have been mostly working on ball skills and positioning ahead of today's match.
“My expectations are for a strong year, if we can just find the net it should be good,” she remarked.
"I don't know that we can get first [place], but I expect a good showing.
“Our strengths will be our fitness levels, our speed and our tenacity,” she predicted.
“My girls are strong, competitive, and athletic. They will fight for every ball whistle-to-whistle.”
In order to get better prepared for the NorWOSSA season ahead, both Owls' squads made the trip down to Fort Frances last Thursday afternoon to do battle in a pair of exhibition games against the Muskies.
The boys fared better in just being edged out by a 3-2 score while the girls were blanked 2-0 by the host Muskies.
“I learned a lot about my team, I moved some players around to positions that better suited their personal styles and I got to see what we are capable of in a real game situation,” Tolen noted.
"We are fast, we had some great scoring opportunities, and worked really well together.
“We need to [be] working on holding our middle and speed on the defensive line," she stressed, adding that "We have already starting making those adjustments.”
The Owls will also play host tomorrow, with the girls battling the Warriors at 11 a.m. while the boys will square off against Sioux Lookout at 1 p.m.
Both Owls' squads then will head to Sioux Lookout next Wednesday and Thursday (May 8-9) for games against the Warriors and St. Thomas Aquinas Saints of Kenora.