“It’s great to have her up there,” said Batavia junior forward Zaira Solis, who tallied her first career game-winning goal against Downers South. “She creates so many opportunities for all of us and her shot is on point all the time.
“I just feel really good having her up there with me. I wouldn’t want her on the defense, even though she’s composed back there.”
Gianfrancesco wants players who can excel at multiple positions. That’s a fairly rare species.
“My philosophy always is, especially at the start of the year, be open to playing anywhere because I look for players that can play two or three positions,” Gianfrancesco said. “When a senior like Gracey is willing to do that, that shows everybody else and they say, ‘Hey, look, this is not my usual spot but I’m willing to give it a go and see how well I can do.’
“That opens everybody else to be available to change and be good teammates.”
Gianfrancesco said DiBiase can be successful at any position and her confidence is growing with that realization. St. Ambrose recruited her as a defensive midfielder but may give her an opportunity to play a more offensive role.
“I’m really happy,” DiBiase said. “I’m good at playing defense but sometimes it gets tiring and after a while I need a little switch-up in position and I’ve had a great time playing forward.
“I love being out there and I love what I’m doing.”