Lakeview girls soccer play pleasing coach


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:00 am on Monday, April 23, 2012

LAKEVIEW — So far so good for the Lakeview soccer team, according to their coach.

The Wildcats are 4-3-1 overall for the season following Friday’s 2-0 loss at Ludington.

“I’m really happy,” coach Chris Smith said. “The last few games they’ve done really well playing together as a team. We’re happy with the progress we’ve made so far.”

There has been one change to the Lakeview lineup. Danielle Grant is going to be the No. 1 goalkeeper the rest of the season as Madelyn Davis will miss the season with a back injury.

“She’s come a long way in a really short time,” Smith said of Grant. “We’re looking to play the best defense we can in front of her and she’s made some nice saves.”

Smith thinks the Wildcats can win as long as they continue to play team soccer, he said.

“The key will be continuing to play together as a team,” he said. “They (Lakeview) have done a nice job with smaller passes to each other. If we can control the play we should be able to win.”

There’s still some room for improvement, though.

“We can always work on communicating more effectively,” Smith said. “The other struggle is coming out with high energy every night. That plus keeping everybody healthy.”

Smith likes his team’s chances of winning a Central State Activities Association title, but knows there is some competition coming.

“The biggest competition should be Big Rapids that we beat the other night,” he said. “It was a tough game. Reed City will be a challenge as well.”

The Wildcats can also challenge for another district title, Smith said.

“I think we’ll be competitive for a district title again,” he said. “he district was realigned last year so there are a couple of Muskegon teams in there. It will be a competitive district but the winner of the district will be favored for the regional title.”

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