Greenville girls soccer had ‘long season’

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:54 am on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

GREENVILLE — Greenville’s girls soccer team struggled mightily to find wins.

They had only one in 18 tries, which came at the expense of Sparta.

But many times the Yellow Jackets were mercied by their opponents by 8-0 scores.

“From a win-loss standpoint it made for sort of a long season,” Greenville coach Chris Hamman said. “This year we didn’t have the number of girls for either JV or varsity. So down the season that hurt us because we didn’t have hardly any subs on either team. So you couldn’t swipe two or three players from JV to use on varsity. Then, we had some injuries on top of it. You throw those things together and it made for a tough season from a win-loss standpoint.”

So there was not one thing that caused the lack of wins, Hamman said.

“I don’t know if I could say it was one thing,” he said. “It was a combination of all those things. We also changed keepers in the middle of the season and both girls who played there had never played keeper before. It’s a tough position to go to when you don’t have that training.”

Out of the group of players he had, the four senior captains,  Autunm Strandberg, Quinn Heyboer, Ali Loding and Lauren Hijek, were the standouts.

“They did a really great job holding everybody together, holding up the morale and keeping me informed if there was something to talk about,” he said of the quartet. “From a team standpoint the team had a pretty good spirit of camaraderie among themselves. That really helps keep the girls together.”

Next year there will be some new faces that will join the Yellow Jackets from the JV, which should help, Hamman said.

“For our district game we brought up six of the JV players and I’m pretty certain they will be able to step up to the varsity level and contribute,” he said. “There might be a few others that will come up from the JV team. I will have six girls returning next year. So I’m thinking next year I can see us having some girls step into those spots and play well next year. I hope we don’t have the injuries we had next year.”

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