Thursday, August 5, 2010
Lady Pats start season Friday
Coach Lance McGregor can sum up the 2010 Marshall Academy girls soccer team with one word – inexperienced.
“This year we have a ton of new faces,” he said. “The way things are looking we will have eight new starters and six of those will be first-time players.”
The Lady Patriots open the season Friday, Aug. 6, at home versus Heritage Academy. Game-time is 4 p.m.
“It has been a slow process but the girls have really given a lot of time and effort over the past couple of months to prepare themselves for the season,” McGregor said.
Returning starters include Claire Liddy at forward, Lauralee Fant at offensive midfielder and M.C. Hutchens on the wing. Other returning players are Chrissy Farris, who will play right back, and Reagan Elliott, who will play wing opposite Hutchens.
New additions this year include Bailey Blaker (wing), Elizabeth Byard (wing and back), Emilee Byard (back), Lane Cunningham (stopper), Faith Lafever (sweeper and midfield), Lori Simpson (defensive mid), Danielle Stanley (goalie), Reanne Stanley (left back) and Parker Stephenson (back and midfield).
Megan Anderson will try to bounce back from surgery during the summer.
“She was expected to anchor our defense this year, however it is still uncertain if she will be able to play,” McGregor said. “She will still be a big part of the team if she doesn’t get to play.”
He said the interest level in soccer at Marshall is starting to rise.
“I was very pleased for our turnout for team camp this summer, and you could really see the girls’ confidence begin to grow,” McGregor said. “We are very young and inexperienced, but the girls really work well together and have seen major improvements in all areas of the game. They have done a great job of listening and learning to work together.”
The captain this year is Liddy and co-captains are Fant, Farris and Anderson.
“Our strengths will be communication, teamwork and dedication,” he said. “Our biggest weakness will be inexperience.
“Every player has a bright side and I look forward to unlocking their potential.”
McGregor said the team will be running a new 4-5-1 formation and the Lady Patriots seem to be grasping it well.
“We’ve just got to remember to slow the game down and set the pace and control the ball to create our opportunities,” he said. “I’m excited about the season and remain cautiously optimistic. But the season looks to be a lot of fun because everyone has a great attitude going in.”
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