The Evanston Township High School girls varsity soccer team enters their 2008 season with high hopes and expectations. The Wildkits are coming off one of their better years, but last season, because of injuries and a heartbreaking loss to Glenbrook South in the playoffs, the team fell short of their goal to reach the state tournament. This year, however, the team is healthy and ready to take their game to another level.

“We have a lot of talent and potential this year,” said senior defender and captain Linnea Carlson. “We have very high expectations, and our goal is to win a state championship.”

To reach that goal, the Wildkits will have to play well in a tough conference with strong teams such as New Trier, Glenbrook South and Maine South. It appears they welcome the competition. “We would not have it any other way,” said Carlson, regarding the strength of the conference. “When you play easy teams the whole year, it does not get you ready for the good team you will face in the playoffs. We not only welcome the strong competition, we want it.”

The Wildkits are a senior-dominated team, led by co-captains Kristine Horwitz, Anna Kennedy and Carlson. “As seniors, this is our last shot to win a state championship,” said Carlson. “That is all we want, and we are willing to work hard for it. I think we all know this team has the opportunity to be a very special team and hopefully bring back a state championship for girls soccer.”

The girls are off to a slow start this season, dropping their first two contests. The first loss was to Hinsdale South and the next defeat was at the hands of New Trier. The team looked to get their first win yesterday against Stevenson at home. The Kits’ next game is tomorrow at 4:45 p.m. against conference foe Highland Park at Lazier Field at Memorial Stadium.