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Friday evening the Marion County High School girls soccer team began their season with the first of two scrimmages. Their opponent was Mercer County, and the home team dropped the contest 4-0.
“Collectively, we are not in game shape as a team and we must work harder in practice and become better conditioned,” Head Coach Hart Hagan said.
From a defensive standpoint, the team isn’t working together as a unit, according to Hagan.
“We are poorly positioned on defense, taking bad angles, and we are not supporting each other defensively,” he said.
According to Hagan, this area of the game is expected to improve quickly due to the defensive leadership and experience of Lauren Brussell and Marissa McCormick.
“While we had some nice offensive possessions, we need to work on maintaining possession and increase our time of possession” Hagan said. “As a team, we have a bad habit of waiting for the ball to come to us and we have to be the first to the ball and fight for every possession.”
Some bright spots that Hagan noticed came from freshman Sarah Tucker.
“Tucker played with a great deal of focus, determination, and confidence,” he said.
Noel and Sara Obata worked together on some of the more creative attacks on offense, according to Hagan.
Saturday, the Lady Knights took part in the Collins Soccerama and took on Ballard. Even though Ballard is a highly rated team, the Lady Knights came away with a 3-1 victory.
The regular season began Monday with a match-up against Berea at home. Results of this contest were unknown as of press time.