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Indian Land High girls soccer coach Mark Bonda said he hopes the Lady Warriors can finish strong in what has been a productive season.
The IL girls, unbeaten in regular-season play, are 7-2-1 overall, including a 5-0-1 mark in regular-season play after a 2-all draw with Monroe High School on Wednesday.
The two losses came to county foe Lancaster High School which defeated the IL girls for the title in the Cyclone Cup tournament at Chester High School where LHS won the crown for the third straight season.
Bonda noted the three IL strikers have accounted for 43 goals this season.
Senior captain Julia Greiner paces the team with 18 goals, followed by IL freshman Shalyn Daugherty 15 and Emma Gladu, the 2010 Junior Lady Warriors MVP, with 10. Greiner earned all-region honors last spring when Daugherty reaped the IL jayvees’ Warrior Award.
“We changed our formation this season,” Bonda said. “It’s a high-powered offense and the girls we have up top can fly. It has posed a lot of problems for our opponents.”
Bonda noted the Lady Warriors have a solid core of midfielders.
“They have done a wonderful job controlling possession and distributing to our offensive players,” he said.
Senior captains Hannah Shoemaker and Andrea Lavieri anchor the midfield play. Lavieri won the 2010 Warrior Award on the IL varsity.
“Their leadership and knowledge of the game has really set the tone for the rest of the group,” Bonda said.
Bonda noted IL freshman Raquel Addamo has added quality depth and helped in changing the pace of the team’s midfield play. Senior Ashleigh Outen has also played a key role
Senior captain Danielle Hamilton, the 2010 Unsung Hero Award recipient, and Hannah Harris, a senior, lead the team’s strong defensive play. Harris reaped the Most Improved Player Award last season.
Kayla Christian and Lexi Watkins have aided the defensive play. Keeper Kaitlyn Lusk, a senior, has been solid in goal for the Lady Warriors with three shutouts and 68 saves this season.
Bonda said he and assistant coach Josh Burgess are confident in the Lady Warriors’ play.
“They are coachable and eager to learn, which makes a difference,” he said. “Their enthusiasm is contagious and has led to our success this season.
“There are some tough matches ahead, but the girls are geared up and ready for whatever crosses our path.”
Indian Land is coming off a 2-2 tie at Monroe (N.C.) High School.
The match was a battle, but also for a good cause as it was dedicated to breast cancer awareness.
“It was a wonderful event for a great cause,” Bonda said of the event. “Each team contributed funds collected over the last several weeks.
“The girls had fun, we wore pink game jerseys for the match,” he said. “They also understand why we were part of this event. I think it’s good for young adults to get involved and help promote awareness.
“We had a great crowd and a good following, Our parents and fans traveled to support us as they have all season and we appreciate that big boost.”