Erin Hesselbach succinctly summed up the difference between the team she took over a year ago and the one she took on the road to open the regular season this weekend.
"It's different," Hesselbach said. "It's a lot different. New team, new year. Everything's different."
After her Archers defeated Neosho County 8-0 on Sunday afternoon, the only thing that was the same as last year was the win total—only it took 15 games to reach two victories just a year ago.
The Archers shut out each of their opponents over the weekend, and the eight-goal outburst on Sunday represented a contrast from a team that scored six goals all of last season.
"That was a real point of emphasis this offseason, was improving what we were doing offensively," Hesselbach said.
The 2-0 Archers will receive a stiff test in their next game, as they travel to Lewis and Clark Community College on Wednesday. While last year's team struggled against Lewis and Clark, Sunday's performance showed that there will likely be little resemblance to a team that had a rushed recruiting season after Hesselbach took over a year ago.
"It was fun this year," Hesselbach said of her recruiting season. I was able to enjoy it (the recruiting process) and we like our group."
It's certainly different from the season she experienced last year. A lot different.