Robin Chidester; A Formidable Presence

The fact that the Princess Anne Cavaliers girls’ soccer team returned seventeen players from last year is only one indication that they should fare quite well in the Beach District and beyond in 2006. “This is by far the most talented team that I have coached,” he says. “Many of these young ladies have played varsity soccer for several years. A lot of them also play on some tough traveling teams.”

Last year the Lady Cavs went 19-4 overall and managed to make it to the state semi-final competition. They should make it at least that far this season. Obviously, their roster includes plenty of talented players who boast years of experience. But they also have the requisite skills to make a good showing. They are particularly capable at attacking the ball and maintaining a quickness of play that catches opponents off guard and allows the Lady Cavs to retain control of each match. Princess Anne finishes well too; Chi Chi Nweke, an all-state athlete who has already signed with the University of Illinois, leads the team well up front. Another challenge to the Lady Cavs’ opponents is goalie Megan Masch, who has signed with East Tennessee State.

Coach Delaney, who has coached for eleven years at Princess Anne, the last two on the girls’ squad, regularly varies his practices to ensure that the young ladies are prepared for whatever challenges each game may bring. “I change my focus from day to day,” he explains. “I try to be efficient and use my time wisely. I don’t like to talk when we can be out there playing.”

Playing is something of which the Lady Cavs evidently have a firm command. “At least half of the ladies on my roster could play college athletics of some sort,” says Delaney. It is no wonder, then, why Delaney and the Lady Cavs have their sights set on state level competition once again this year. “I would like for us to be district and regional champions this year and to make a strong run at the state title.”

To do that, Princess Anne will have to get by Kellam, to whom the Lady Cavs were runner up in the Eastern Region last year. But that is not the only challenge they will face; First Colonial and Cox, among others, will likewise prove formidable opponents for the Lady Cavs in 2006. Delaney knows very well how tough his district is. “I know it’s cliché, but it’s always true,” he says. “I tell them to play and win the game that is in front of them. I don’t memorize the schedule. We take it one step at a time.”

One athlete that will help lead the Lady Cavs to the upper tiers of competition this season is seventeen-year-old senior Robin Chidester. At 5-10, she is tall, lean and, most importantly, strong. Her presence will be a formidable one this year. But like her ability to make balls sail well over opponents’ heads, her size is something that Chidester is all too willing to use to her advantage. “I like for the play to be really physical,” she says. “I use my stature to my advantage.”

Chidester is also remarkably versatile, a facet that will prove advantageous to Princess Anne’s squad this year. Although she plays defense more often, she is comfortable anywhere and Coach Delaney may utilize her talents all around the field. Delaney is not the only one who has taken notice of her versatility. Chidester has already signed with Virginia Tech, where she will play on the soccer team. She plans to carry her focus and determination there. “I want to work hard at Tech so I can get a starting position,” she says. “I really hope that I can be part of a team that does well in the ACC.” If her high school performance is any indication, her college career should be just as strong.

Chidester is confident in the Lady Cavs’ ability to excel in the Beach District in 2006. “Last season we spent a lot of time building team chemistry. This year is different. Since so many of us returned, we can skip that part and jump right into performing.” All indications point to that performance being a stellar one.