Experience key for Lady Bruins’ soccer

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Staff Reports
The Bruin soccer ladies are led by a strong senior class that has been in the program since they were seventh graders.
Many started, or saw valuable varsity experience when they were freshmen and sophomores.
Good results are expected this season from the senior class that is led by captains, Sedona Smith, a striker, and Ashley Cauthen, a midfielder.
Joining these captains are Mallory Blackmon on defense, Morgan Farrar on defense, Mary Beth White at midfield, Lauren White, a striker, and Jada Brice, a back-up keeper.
“These young ladies understand our system, they know the expectations, they have experienced our region play and know how difficult each and every match is,” LHS coach Bo Sylvia said. “The region is so well balanced this year that on any night any team can win.
“Knowing this, it is crucial that our seniors provide us with the maturity and discipline necessary to be mentally ready for every match.  Some of our competitors have players that are very talented, but no school has more talent as a team than we do. We are hoping that as a team we can provide an effort each night that will nullify the individual talents of our opponents.  It is all about the team for us this season and if we can sustain a group effort, we can do some wonderful things in region and out of region play.
“The junior class is led by Florencia Tarque who has stepped up into a defensive role this season and helped us strengthened our back line. Brittany Aycock, a striker, and Tyson Blanton, a midfielder, have played  well in our preseason matches and we expect them to continue to grow as the season unfolds.”
The LHS sophomore class is led by all-region midfielder Frances Whitesides, Effie Spears is starting in goal, Hannah Knight at several midfield positions and Haley Kee doing double duty at midfield and defense.
“These four young ladies are all filling their roles beautifully and helping us each night achieve our team goals,” he said.
“The freshmen class is led by Brooke Christensen, who has won a starting position on defense, and Brooke Humphrey, who is doing a fine job at the striker position,” Sylvia said.
The Lady Bruins have started the season with a bang, winning their own tournament and not allowing a goal in five matches.
“The team defense has done a fine job in our early-season trials, we look forward to that same intensity as region play begins. We love to see the pride the ladies have when they get a shutout because they know how difficult that is and how much team effort is required,” Sylvia said. “On the offensive side, we are very pleased with our movement and passing, but specially our tactical growth and understanding how and where to attack our opponents. We have scored many goals early on because all players have that dual mentality of transition.
“As the season progresses we want to expand that thinking and hopefully we will get more tactically mature,” he said.
“We have seen many different styles so far in the scrimmages and tournament and have handled them well, again we hope to continue this trend as we engage in our region.
Sylvia is assisted by coach Ed Humphrey.
“Coach Humphrey is our varsity assistant and provides great help in the development of not only our varsity players, but he does double duty working with our young players in the junior varsity program,” Sylvia said. “This type of personal commitment is what has made our program a success these past four years. All of our coaches love working with all of our players and the results show that.
“Karl Fritz is our head jayvee girls coach. They started the season with an excellent match against York on Monday. Coach Fritz loves the game and this love is passed down to his players, his girls are growing with each training session and are providing us a foundation for future success.”