Girls Soccer Team Looks To Rebound From Tough Loss

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Both the JV and varsity girls soccer squads found out firsthand how bludgeoning Blue Ridge can be.

In Tuesday's match ups, both teams faced tough losses against the undefeated Yellow Jackets--JV by a score of 6-0 and varsity by a score of 5-0.

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Lady Longhorn Kirscha Wholly (No. 6) battles for a loose ball while Samantha McCormick (No. 10) attempts to help out and Jamie Bilyk (No. 3) looks on.

Coach Joe Schmidt admitted that the team's efforts were hindered by some key injuries.

"We have had a number of players out with injuries," he said. "We will bring up several JV players for Saturday."

Despite the ailing troops, Schmidt said that the team's play improved from the last meeting with the Jackets.

"Our passing was much better than it was the last time we played Blue Ridge and as a result, we were able to generate more of an attack," he said.

Schmidt said that he was impressed by the play of several starters.

"Kirscha Wholly was my player of the game at sweeper and midfield," he said. "Becca Branstetter had a strong game as did Emily Hill."

The varsity Lady Horns will look to improve on their 1-5 overall record (1-3 region) in the non-region clash against Chino Valley tomorrow, Saturday, at noon at Rumsey.

In preparation for the squabble with the Cougars, the girls have been working on the fundamentals.

"For Saturday's (game) we will be drilling on slide tackling, one-on-one marking, more passing and finishing with a shot on goal," Schmidt said.

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