The Lansing girls’ soccer team is preparing to open the season under new head coach Ashley Wilcox. 

The head coach said practices have been good so far. 

“Practices have been really good,” Wilcox said. “There is so much positivity in the girls and the teamwork has been great. While it has been rainy and snowy, we haven't gotten the chance to practice on our own field but have still managed to have successful practices elsewhere.”

The Lions have 22 players on the team with 16 returners and six new players. Wilcox said eight of the 16 returning are seniors.

The upperclassmen will be the key players and a strength to the team, according to Wilcox.

“They have been a huge part of this program,” she said. “They have each added to it in their own way.”

Along with a new coach, Lansing will also move into the new United Kansas Conference with Leavenworth, De Soto, Shawnee Heights, Turner and Basehor-Linwood.

Wilcox also serves as the boys’ head coach. She said there is not much of a difference besides how the genders have approached practices. 

“Each gender approaches practice differently,” Wilcox said. “The girls tend to be more technical while the boys seem to take more chances. The boys seemed to push the coaching envelope while the girls are more open to us. This, of course, changes as the players are exposed to your system of coaching and have bought into it as well. Outside of those experiences, there is not much of a difference.”

She also said she has learned to be more headstrong after coaching the boys’ season.

“I definitely learned to be more headstrong and strict,” Wilcox said. “There are things that I let slide during the boys’ season that I'm not allowing during girls’ season. This will continue into future seasons as well.”

Lansing kicks off the season at Shawnee Heights on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.