Derrick Webb, Staff Writer
LYNCHBURG — When the ball is at Raelynn Ruble’s feet, good things tend to happen.
The Mustangs’ midfield speedster consistently displayed her balanced skillset last year, tallying 14 goals and 15 assists while leading her team to a 16-5 mark.
Those numbers, alongside a stable of talent around her, helped Lynchburg-Clay reach an Elite 8 before falling to Columbus Academy by a 1-0 final. That loss is still savoring their taste buds.
We caught up with Ruble to discuss what she’s been fine-tuning, how excited she is to start the season and how her team can get back to the Elite 8 and over the hump.
Question: First things first, how stoked are you to get back on the field?
Ruble: Very excited. So hyped for the season to start.
Q: What’s the main thing you’re looking forward to this fall?
RR: Mostly just focusing on playing hard as a team, and aiming for a longer run in the state tournament.
Q: Judging by last year’s finish, your team has high goals this coming season. Can you discuss those goals and how you plan on reaching them?
RR: Last year was definitely a good run for us and we plan on doing the same thing, just better. It’s mostly getting our movement and passing down. Taking it one step at a time. Keeping our
eyes on the jobs in front of us.
Q: Individually, what part of your skillset have you worked on the most during the off-season?
RR: I’ve been working on my touches and getting into shape. That’s been the main goal in the offseason.
Q: You guys seem to know where each other is going to be without asking. What makes your team’s chemistry pump?
RR: A lot of us have been playing together since we were little, which makes things easier. And playing with fun and outgoing [teammates] makes us a better team.
Q: How far can this year’s team go and why?
RR: Our team this year has a lot of potential, and we are hyped to get the season started. We hope to be back to where we were last year.