The Hillsboro junior varsity girls soccer team may be racing up and down the field a little faster this season. JV coach Tish Naeger is hoping this new found speed will be a benefit as the team progresses through the season.
“We are faster that what we have been in the past few years,” said Naeger. On the other hand, teaching the game is always paramount at this level. “We have girls that play a lot of different sports, and increasing their soccer knowledge each year is always something we strive to do.”
Naeger states that she has some key players to build around this season. “I hope Zoe Wood and Alex Wick up top will be a great “wrecking crew” against some of the defensive lines we will face,” Naeger notes. “We return our holding midfielder, Abby Partney, who is patient and distributes the ball well. Our whole defensive line is pretty solid with center back Nicole Evans and Emily Woodham, along with one of our returning goalies Mackenzie Golden.” Naeger says that coaching at this level provides a great opportunity to watch athletes develop into their roles. “I am excited to watch our midfielders,” she admits. “I think with being a little faster than we have in the years past, Gracie Schmitt will be a fun one to watch.”
With that foundation set, Naeger just wants the Hawks to play hard. “My expectations are to compete. Every time we step out onto the field, I want us to compete.” The schedule will allow ample opportunity to do so. “I am excited about our schedule,” Naeger states. “There are several games that will be a real challenge for us, and I like seeing how we stack up against the other teams in and around our county.”
It all begins on Friday as Hillsboro opens at home against Festus. Game time is 5:00 p.m. For the Hawks’ complete schedule, click here: 18-19 Hillsboro Girls Soccer