In her third season as head coach, Mikela Dillon is doing an outstanding job coaching the girls soccer team at Benjamin Davis High School.
What makes Dillon’s success with the team unique is that she’s a coach who primarily used to coach basketball before making the switch over to soccer.
She admits she’s no soccer guru, but that hasn’t stopped her from being able to connect with her players.
“They’ve helped me learn and grow along the way,” Dillon said about coaching soccer. “They’ve been very coachable and receptive to my type of coaching which is discipline and consistency. It’s been a good transition.
“I’m not a soccer guru and they don’t care about that,” Dillon continued. “They care that I care about them and they care that I work to push them hard. I would consider myself a players coach because I work them hard but they see the benefits and they see the results from their hard work. That’s how they’ve been able to trust me and the things that I’m saying.”
The Lady Falcons started their season off with a rigorous pre-season schedule and on top of that they were plagued with injuries.
But when the hard times came, instead of the Lady Falcons looking for excuses, they developed a “Nothing Giving Easy, Everything Earned” mentality.
The benefits of that mentality served the team well as they’ve now made it to the playoffs in back-to-back years and despite the early adversity, the team finished the season with a 16-2-4 overall record and an 11-1-2 record in district.
Dillon gives credit to last years seniors for helping develop a winning culture in the program and the seniors that are carrying the torch this year are Lamar University commit Juana Plata and Angelina College commit Stephany Lopez.
Both players have over 20 goals and over 12 assist in the district as they were a constant threat to score whenever they had the ball.
“Though people consider us to have two star players they really play amongst the team,” Dillon said about Plata and Lopez. “They don’t try to force anything or do too much. They’re really good teammates and that makes everybody else pick up their game.”
Other than Plata and Lopez, the rest of the team doesn’t stuff the stat sheet, but nonetheless, they do the little things that help make the team successful.
Some of those players are Alisson Quintanilla, Stephanie Perez, and Jennifer Benitez.
Quintanilla is a playmaker, Perez is the team’s strongest defender, and Benitez is the team’s “swiss army knife”.
“Everybody plays their part,” Dillon said about the team’s success. “We have role players that know their role and they just play it.”
Another area where the team plays their role is in the classroom. With the hard work the ladies have put into soccer, they have placed that same grind into their books as the team is full of straight A students and together the team averages over a 3.5 GPA.
With everyone sticking to their role, it makes up the core strength of the team which is all the ladies playing together and playing well off each other.
This is the strength the Lady Falcons are taking into their playoff game against Klein Oak as they search for their first playoff win in program history.
Davis Lady Falcons vs. Klein Oak at Klein Oak High School starting at 6 P.M.
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