Southmont girls soccer has been one of the most stable soccer programs in the area the last 5 years. However this year the Mounties will look slightly different in multiple areas most importantly at the head coach spot as Roger Azar replaces Phil Keller as he will now look to sustain the level of success.
Junior Ashlynn Maddox is another key replacement for the Mounties as she will be the goalie after Belle Miller had spent the last four years in that spot.
Despite some of the new pieces on the team Azar still sees his returning players and some of the new faces being able to fill the gaps that last years seniors left.
“The team did loose some wonderful senior players last year, but that happens every year. The seniors this year, as well as juniors and underclassmen are strong and will step up to the plate and fill in the gaps left behind by last year’s departing seniors.”
Senior Forwards Elle Gray and Lillie Odum will lead the Mountie offense along with sophomore newcomer Jessica Hale who is a move-in from Kansas City, MO. Chloe Lynn, Abigail Korhorn, Emily Smith, Emma Phillips round out the strong group of seniors for the Mounties.
In order to continue their tradition of success, Azar has his goals that he wants to accomplish in his first season. Along with those goals and the love of the game, he sees another successful season on the horizon for his team.
“Communication is key in every team sport. We are working on our communication skills on and off the field. Athletic fitness is paramount in a game like soccer. The lady athletes have worked hard all summer to achieve some fitness goals set for them. Now we work as a team to achieve wins on the field, through communication, team effort, hard work, and fun.”
The Mounties already have a thrilling victory under their belt as Hale wasted no time in making her impact felt as on Monday in their season opener, she delivered the game-winning goal with 19 seconds left.
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