By Steve Keenan
The Midland Trail girls had fought through their inexperience to post a 4-0-1 high school soccer record as of earlier this week.
“We’re very inexperienced,” veteran coach Scott Wilson said last week. “We’ve got a long ways to go.”
The losses to graduation were heavy, as Hannah Legg, Molly Sevy, Mindy Sevy and Siera Brewer finished their time in Patriot uniforms.
“I lost all my defenders,” Wilson said. “But I’m real optimistic. We have four returning seniors.”
Wilson had hoped to move four-year starter Summer Whipkey, a second-team all-stater last year, up front for offensive help, but he feels he needs her to provide defensive assistance just as much.
Outside midfielder Marissa Workman, who had 17 assists last fall, returns, as do Savannah Skaggs and midfielder Brianna Underwood. Skaggs was goalkeeper in 2012 as Midland Trail went 10-8, but she will be utilized at a variety of positions this year.
“We’re going to make some of those rookie mistakes,” he said, “but if we keep improving we could be pretty strong by tournament time.
“We’ve improved each game.”
The Patriots posted a 4-1 win over visiting Bluefield Saturday.
Heaven Simms provided two goals, and Underwood and Grace Clendenin had one goal each. Skaggs, Abby Sevy and Payton Fisher had an assist apiece.
Goalkeeper Jill Gray had a save and allowed no goals, as the lone Bluefield score came on the reserve goalie.
Midland Trail hosts James Monroe at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.