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GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: LaRue's Holloway inherits an iron-women team (08/17)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

 

By NATHANIEL BRYAN nbryan@thenewsenterprise.com HODGENVILLE — The movie “Iron Man” was a hit at the box office this summer, while iron-women soccer has been just as pleasing to first-year LaRue County High School coach Chuck Holloway. Entering their second year on the varsity level, Holloway’s Lady Hawks have 13 varsity players and 11 junior varsity players. “They’re playing iron-man, or I should say, iron-woman soccer,” said Holloway, who is assisted by Craig Simon. “There’s very little room for error.” The Lady Hawks have only seven players back from last year’s team which went 2-4-1. Fortunately, two of the returning players are back up top in seniors Tori Banks and Hannah Canter. Both players were second-team selections on the 2007 Girls’ All-Area Soccer Team. “They have great personalities. They work well together and they depend on each other,” Holloway said. “They’re good communicators and they both have very strong kicks.” While two players (Banks, Canter) who are supposed to score goals are back, someone who is supposed to stop them – junior goalkeeper Amber Lyall – is also back. “She’s improved leaps and bounds in confidence and ability. She was very timid last year and this year, she’s come out more aggressive. She wants the challenge,” Holloway said of Lyall, who played most every varsity and JV minute in a recent scrimmage against 8th District Tournament semifinalist Glasgow. Sophomore Shelby Mouser has moved from left fullback to sweeper, while junior Savannah Hines returns at right defender. “Shelby’s a leader on the field and the girls respect her decisions. She’s earned their respect as well as mine. She’ll stop a lot of goals by herself,” Holloway said. “Savannah’s very tenacious and very vocal. She’s a strong communicator who will help Shelby with marking decisions.” The other half of the defense is brand new in junior stopper Holly Crain and senior left back Ashley Clairmont, a three-sport athlete who plays basketball and competes on the track and field team. “Holly’s very aggressive and shows good strength as far as clearing the ball out and thinking on her feet. We think she’ll do well there,” Holloway said. “Ashley’s a good, strong defender. I hate to lose her after just getting her. Her work ethic is beyond approach. She’s learning the sport, but she’s doing extremely well.” Anchoring the four-player midfield is senior attacker Haley Carrico, who has moved up from defense. “Haley sees the field and spreads the ball around and she’s a very unselfish leader. The girls respect her as well as I do. She’s a solid player. Although she played defense the previous three years, she moved the ball so well back there we figured she’d do well here,” Holloway said. Junior right wing Meagan Williams has recently added soccer to her plate, which already had cross country and track and field on it. “She’s got very strong endurance and she’s able to cross the ball well. Being a cross country runner, she can run back and forth as a midfielder. She has boundless energy,” Holloway said. The other half of the midfield features newcomer Justine Scroggins, a sophomore left wing, and senior defender Katie Perkins, who is back with the team after taking some time off. “Justine’s adapted to the sport quickly because she’s a quick learner. She’s going to be quite a surprise,” Holloway said. “Katie’s a good motivator and a good team player with a strong work ethic.” Two other players who should see plenty of time are newcomer Jacqueline Krueger and junior Lannah Wheeler. Krueger is a defensive midfielder who didn’t play last year, while Wheeler returns on the back line. LaRue County opens the season Thursday night at Monroe County, who the Lady Hawks beat 13-3 and 5-3 last season. Nathaniel Bryan can be reached at 505-1758