The Madison County varsity girls’ soccer team recorded two shutouts this past week, improving to 6-1 (1-1 in the region).
The girls, who will next hit the field Friday at home versus Lumpkin County, beat Prince Avenue 2-0 Tuesday, with Kerry Huycke scoring both goals. The girls beat Elbert County 4-0 last week. Alyssa Danyale Duncan scored two goals and had one assist. Huycke scored one goal and had two assists. Isabel Edwards had a goal and Taylor Kimsey recorded an assist. Kim Cooper recorded shutouts in goal in both games.
“For all the games up to this point, we have been successful in the win column,” said Lady Raider coach Molly McCarty. “However, with this said, we have a lot of soccer to play. We have a lot of work still to do because the bulk of our region play is still upon us.”
McCarty said her squad suffered a couple of injuries Friday against Elbert County that called for adjustments on the field Tuesday.
“We won against Prince but we didn’t play as a unit,” said McCarty. “Every game is a learning experience for this group and the one thing we learned from the Prince game is that everyone has to come out with a desire to win the ball and communicate as a team. If this doesn’t happen, the game play is harder on us and therefore, makes us not play our game.”
McCarty noted that Cooper, goalkeeper, has recorded three shutouts this season.
“Of course, the defense is also to thank for this,” she said. “…We have scored 26 total goals up to this point with 19 of them being assisted. What this shows is that scoring goals is a team effort. Possessing the ball is integral to scoring goals. Possessive play and scoring goals equals success.”
Huycke and Duncan are the Lady Raiders’ top goal scorers. Huycke, Duncan and Edwards have also combined for 14 of the 19 goal assists.
“For the games up to this point, everyone, including our subs, have been able to get decent playing time,” said McCarty. “All three of our freshman have been able to get a feel for the style of play on varsity. They are showing great potential for the future. Our sophomore class, all first-year varsity players, are adjusting to their roles and also showing great potential for the future.”
McCarty added that “soccer is a sport of development.”
“Our program is solely focused on development in the offseason,” she said. “With the help of our coaches and volunteers and club ball coaches, we are seeing that development in the offseason is beginning to truly payoff during the high school season. The players have bought in to the ‘you don’t get what you wish for but what you work for’ mentality,” said McCarty.
ALL THESE SCHOOLS NEED TO STOP PUTTING EMPHASIS ON PLAYING CLUB SPORTS...WHILE I AGREE DEVELOPMENT IS IMPORTANT DURING OFF SEASON. I ALSO BELIEVE THERE ARE PLENTY OF TALENTED ATHLETES THAT ARE PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF PLAYING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY LEVEL WITHOUT PLAYING CLUB SPORTS. UNLESS A SCHOOL OR COACH IS GOING TO FOOT THE BILL, TRAVEL AND TIME FOR CLUB/TRAVEL SPORTS THEN IT SHOULDN'T BE EMPHASIZED THAT THESE KIDS HAVE TO BE CLUB PLAYERS IN ORDER TO MAKE A VARSITY TEAM..AS A PARENT THAT HAS SAT THROUGH SEVERAL SPORTS BANQUETS I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT PLAYING CLUB SOCCER HAS BEEN PUSHED FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW AND ITS JUST NOT APPROPRIATE. HOW DO YOU THINK IT MAKES KIDS FEEL AND PARENTS FOR THAT MATTER THAT CAN'T AFFORD FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO PLAY CLUB SPORTS? FOR THOSE THAT AREN'T AWARE IT COST HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS JUST TO SIGN THESE KIDS UP IN MOST CLUB PROGRAMS NOT TO MENTION THE OTHER COST. I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE AND HEAR LESS EMPHASIS PUT ON CLUB SPORTS AT MCHS AND FOCUS ON THE ATHLETES THAT WE HAVE AND THEIR ABILITY TO PLAY...NOT HOW DEEP THEIR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS OR GUARDIANS POCKETS ARE. IF DEVELOPMENT IS SO IMPORTANT TO THIS PROGRAM THEN THERE NEEDS TO BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR NOT ONLY THE GIRLS TEAMS BUT THE BOYS AS WELL. ALSO THERE NEEDS TO BE DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS WITHIN THIS COUNTY DURING OFF SEASON SO THE KIDS THAT PLAY OTHER SPORTS DURING OFF SEASON HAVE A CHANCE TO KEEP UP THEIR SOCCER SKILLS AS WELL. I AM BEYOND THRILLED THAT ALL THE SOCCER TEAMS FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL ARE HAVING A GREAT SEASON!!! GOOD LUCK TOWARD YOUR CONTINUED SUCESS MCMS AND MCHS SOCCER TEAMS!!