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Girl’s soccer gets new head coach

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The Central girls’ soccer program has started its season with a new head coach.

The introduction of Mr. Michael Smith, the new head coach this year, will require the girls to adjust to a new coaching style. However, the program will keep much of the same strategy used by former coach, Mr. Skip Begley.

“A lot of what Coach Begley has established I am going to continue, especially like the off-season activities of the intramural soccer and cardio club, but there will be some changes in training sessions and how they are organized and run. I think that will take some time for the girls to get used to,” Smith said.

One of Mr. Smith’s goals this year is to create a smooth transition between the different coaching methods. “[The team] will be impacted by the change in philosophy, vision, and year-to-year goals,” Smith said.

Schick predicts practices will be different this year because of the new head coach. “Last year, we worked a lot on our formation, which we changed midway through the season. We all have to remain focused and try to improve ourselves each day in the practice. Our training sessions should be pretty intense,” Schick said.

Senior Lauren Shroyer also believes the new coach will alter practice routines. “I really want to have a positive attitude going into this season of soccer. We have a new coach, which will change a lot of things. If you don’t have a good attitude, then you cannot do your best,” Shroyer said.

The team has set various goals for the new season. “I will stay focused on my goals for the season. Going into training sessions with the mindset of always wanting to get better and improve and work as a team,” Schick said.

Junior Katie Camden, a returning varsity player, holds a similar mindset as Schick. “I am aiming to keep a very focused, determined mindset. Also, my goal is to come in with a very confident attitude,” Camden said.

Besides hoping to win the conference meet and qualify for the state competition, the players also wish to develop team relationships and hone their own skills.

“One of my biggest goals this year is to develop my foot skills and become a better player with the ball. Also, this year on varsity soccer, I really want to bond with my other teammates and get to know them so our team will function better on the field,” Camden said.

“My biggest goals this year are to create a lot of good relationships with new players on and off the field, while keeping a strong focus. Taking the team to state will be one of the biggest goals and I think with the players at this school, it will be possible,” Shroyer said.

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