Weekly Feature

2016-10-06 / Sports

Lady Lancers soccer much improved from 2015


What a difference a year can make. After finishing with just one win in 2015, the St. Mary’s girls soccer team is 4-3-1 through the first half of the 2016 season.

First-year coach Brittany Heist is happy with the way her inaugural season has gone thus far.

“It’s about what we expected. As of last year, we only had one or two wins so we’re ahead of the game in that regard,” Heist said. “The goal was to be over .500 and with five games left, we’re pretty satisfied with our standing.”

The team had a pair of solid league wins over the Park School and Christian Central Academy last week. In Monday’s 6-2 win over Park, Courtney Kline netted four goals while Maddie Stearns and Kayla Bestpitch added one each.

Wednesday, Grace Fuller scored the lone goal in a 1-0 squeaker over CCA, a game the Lady Lancers are not used to getting.

“I really believe that might have been the first time we’ve ever beaten them,” Heist said. I’m joking, but that’s what the girls said. It’s been a long time. It’s a huge win.”

Kline, Stearns and Fuller have been among the team’s top players this season. Other standouts have been goaltender Shannon Murty and defender Nicole Kruse.

“(Kline and Stearns) have been doing very well controlling the tempo of the game,” Heist said. “They’ve been fantastic. “(Fuller) has been creating a ton of energy and a bit of tempo. She’s very athletic.” (Kruse) has been fantastic in transitional defense. She’s been distributing the ball well. She closes down attacking players and helps in the middle of the field. (Murty) has been very enthusiastic and has made some huge saves for us this year.”

The Lady Lancers have had a solid start to the 2016 season. Whether or not playoff success follows, clear improvement has been shown from last year.

“I’m very pleased about the season,” Heist said. “The off-field presence is fantastic. There have been no lulls in energy or enthusiasm.”

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