By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
SATELLITE BEACH -- One competitive girls' soccer team is working to add another undefeated season to its record.
The Satellite Beach Fireballs, an under-10 girls' team, begins its tournament season on Aug. 17. Colleen McNatt, who has coached the team for four seasons, will lead the charge.
"I have been involved in soccer most of my life," Coach McNatt said. "I played through middle school and some recreationally throughout college."
The Fireballs plan to play in two local tournaments this August -- the Hurricane Classic and the Beaches Labor Day Challenge. Coach McNatt said the team also plans to play in other local tournaments, including the Fall Brevard Challenge, and, possibly, an Orlando City Tournament.
"I truly believe we have had success due to our synergy and tenacity," Coach McNatt said when asked about her team's astounding record. "We have a group of scrappy athletes, who truly support and enjoy one another."
Coach McNatt also credits the Fireballs' success to the strong foundation laid by the families unwavering support and commitment to the team.
As with any team, Coach McNatt faces her fair share of challenges with the Fireballs.
"Some challenges I face as coach are getting players to focus after long days at school," she said. "I hope that they are absorbing the majority of what we are practicing."
Likewise, the under-10 team faces challenges of its own.
"The challenge we face as a team is continuing to want to improve both on and off the field when we are having a winning season," Coach McNatt said. "We have a lot of work to do in all aspects of the game, so keeping them engaged and wanting to improve is a necessity."
Despite the obstacles they face, the Fireballs and Coach McNatt find playing soccer to be an excellent experience.
"I enjoy the reward of seeing things click and coming together on the field, but the biggest rewards are the hugs from the girls, celebrations with the families and handmade cards for my birthday or for the end of the season," Coach McNatt said.
The Satellite Beach resident described her bond with her players, as if they were her own daughters.
"I come down on them, praise them, have fun with them and love them -- all at once!" she added.
"The biggest reward for the girls is feeling that they are improving as a team," Coach McNatt said. "They are most confident when they are coming off the field, knowing they have played the best they can, each and every practice and game."
With the fall season looming on the horizon, Coach McNatt and the Fireballs are poised and ready.
"We are all looking forward to this season because we have some amazing new talent to add to the team, along with quality families that will be an asset to our organization," Coach McNatt said. "It is very exciting to have some new folks, who we already respect and feel honored to have on our team."
If you, or your daughter, are interested in trying out for the Satellite Beach Fireballs U-10 girls team, or to become a sponsor of the team, contact Colleen McNatt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (770) 335-9240.
Those interested in playing for the Fireballs cannot be 10 years old before Aug. 1, 2013.