LRHS girls soccer coach Delaney Riggins celebrates a goal from her playing days

Alivia Insixiengmay – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS girls soccer team has had a successful season so far.

Girls head soccer coach Delaney Riggins said, “They’ve been doing so well because of the wide variety of talented students in the area. Their teamwork is a major part of their success.

“The girls work together as a cohesive unit, and their chemistry has just continued to grow over the years,” Riggins continued.

During the preseason classic tournament, the Mustangs beat Riverview and Palmetto 8-0. Their first regular season ended with a win against North Port 3-1.

Riggins has been involved with LRHS soccer for quite some time as both a player and a coach.

She said, “I played on a boys’ team for several years before switching to an all-girls team in 6th grade.”

Riggins played at the Braden River Soccer Club until the end of her eighth-grade year before transitioning to West Florida Flames for the rest of Highschool.

“I was on the Lakewood Ranch High School Varsity soccer team for four years and competed in the FHSAA State Final Four in both 2013 and 2014,” said Riggins.

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After high school, she went on to play college soccer at Florida Southern College and graduated in 2018 with an Education degree.

Her former high school coach, Guy Virgilio, stepped down the same year she graduated.

Riggins said, “I shared my interest by helping in any capacity I could. Because of that, I was granted the opportunity I have today.”

She believes that her knowledge of the game and her personal experience has made coaching a more seamless transition.

 “I am able to relate to a lot of the things my players go through: injuries, school stress, being fearful of making a mistake, and just wanting to enjoy the high school soccer experience.”