La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) Coaches know building a winning team is like putting together a puzzle.
The picture's finally becoming clear for Viterbo women's soccer.
They've had some pieces for awhile.
There's no new game plan.
"Mainly 4-4-2 and that's what we've been playing," said 4th year head coach Scott Pirnstill.
Pirnstill's also had the talent.
"I think we had the quality of player last year, but I don't think they were working together as hard as they could."
But this year veteran players like Steph Wisen are stepping up.
The junior is fifth in the entire NAIA in assists with 13.
"I had no idea. When Scott told me I broke the record at Viterbo for assists, I didn't even know there was a record to break, so it was really nice," Wisen Said.
The V-hawks have added weapons like Molly Machometa, a freshman from McHenry Illinois.
Her 29 goals rank second in the nation.
"I just thought it was amazing because I've always wanted to be. That's always what I've looked to, the girls who got that far. Now that I'm there, it's like I have to make new goals for myself. It's an accomplishing feeling," Machometa said.
More importantly the team seems to agree on the biggest thing that was missing from last year's 2-15 season.
"In preseason, our team captains had us do team bonding all the time, so we never got homesick and I think that's where a lot of us stuck together."
"This year we've just got a lot of great girls that work together well with us, and we've got really good team chemistry."
Because once they've found all the parts, the rest becomes a little easier.
"The puzzle pieces fit together a lot cleaner this year than they did last year, and I think that's really helped."
It's helped Viterbo women's soccer to their first winning season since 2008.
The V-Hawks will play an MCC Tournament game this Saturday at 1pm.
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