The regular season hasn’t even started yet, and the Robert C. Byrd High School girls soccer team is already receiving award nominations. The team has been nominated for a WVSSAC Academic Achievement Award by RCB assistant principal and athletic director, Scott Davis. Thirteen of the team’s players earned a 4.0 GPA last semester, and all of the players have over a 3.9 GPA.
On the field, the Lady Eagles are eyeing another strong season. In 2014, the team finished 15-3-1 and finished #4 in the state in class AA-A. While the Eagles lost two strong seniors from last year’s team, Hannah Lemasters and Samantha Buffey, a solid group of returning players are ready to step up.
“The team is working really hard and has really great chemistry. They are sharing the ball and making a lot of smart runs,” said Chris Mullett, head coach. “Losing one of our top scorers from last year, we are going to have to replace those goals. Right now we are just trying to figure out the right combination up front to compliment an already strong attack.”
Sophomore striker Casey Underwood will play a big role in the Eagle’s offensive attack. In her freshman season, she posted 20 goals and 11 assists. The team also returns all four starting defenders and its starting goalie. Last season, the defense gave up less than a goal a game.
In addition to the players stepping up from last season’s team, a promising group of freshman have been added to the team. Mullett said, “We’ve got great help coming in from Washington Irving Middle School. There are several freshman that are very promising with a lot of speed and great ball striking ability.”
The Lady Eagles kick off the 2015 season on Saturday, August 22 at 11AM, with a home non-conference game against Pocahontas County.