Lakeview soccer faced some tough times this season

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:56 am on Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Lakeview’s Megan Leach, left, chases a ball with Greenville’s Samantha O’Herron during a game April 10.

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s soccer team ended up with a 9-7-3 record this season, but there were extenuating circumstances to that.

The former district champions were battling the injury bug all season, which made coach Chris Smith have to shuffle players in and out of the lineup.

“Due to some injuries along the way and girls being in and out, it’s what we ended with,” Smith said of the record.

Smith expanded on the injuries.

“We had some new faces and due to some injuries we lost two starters from last season that we were expecting back,” he said. “We had another one that was out for four or five games on the season and finally made it back. We were adjusting on the fly.”

The biggest replacement that Smith had to make was goalkeeper Madelyn Davis going down with an injury, having to be replaced by freshman Danielle Grant.

“No doubt that’s a tough role to step into, especially taking a senior’s spot as a freshman and being a goalkeeper is a noticeable position,” Smith said. “As a freshman goalkeeper and stepping in on the second game of the season she (Grant) did very well. We’re excited to have her in place for the next three seasons.”

The one constant that Smith could count on was senior forward Ally Reed. Reed set a school record for most goals in a season with 29, breaking her own record of 23 set last year.

“We have some huge shoes to fill offensively for next season,” Smith said. “Her (Reed’s) freshman year she was playing defense but she was in her 20s her sophomore, junior and senior years.”

Smith mentioned a couple of other players who stood out to him this season.

“Cec Bayne is a senior. She was one of our midfielders and she was one that was in and out with injuries as well,” Smith said. “When she was in she was able to control the play for us.

“Defensively I would say Megan Leach. She was a third captain and the leader of defense. She does a solid job controlling the middle for us.”

Smith knows he has to do some more replacing when next season rolls around.

“We’ll have some work ahead of us,” he said. “There’s some young kids coming in that will help fill the spots. There’s promise there. There will be a lot of work. Replacing Ally Reed up front will be our biggest issue. Then we’ll see what we can do.”

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