It’s easy to spot a team in any sport that is in a rebuilding year just by looking at its record.
Case in point, the Amherst varsity girls’ soccer team currently is sitting on a 0-7-1 record.
Lady Lancer head soccer coach Ronda Chandler has been leading the squad for 14 years and knows this will be one of those seasons.
“We are in a bit of rebuilding year having graduated eight seniors last season and losing three returning players before this season started. We are working hard and are moving in the right direction. Focusing on our offense, taking as many shots as possible and transitioning our play from defense to offense,” Chandler said. “The girls are great players and I believe the second half of our season will show the improvements they have been making.”
With no wins so far this season, the scoring has been spread out among a few players.
“I have a few different girls that have scored one goal apiece [Reagan Bryan, Leslie Garmich, Faith Smith and Morgan Barker]. Reagan and Leslie split time in our striker position,” said Chandler. “Reagan has a great crossbar shot and Leslie is wicked fast and pressures everything near the goal. Faith and Morgan play an attacking mid-position and have great footwork and are dangerous in the box.”
Garmich has stepped up to take care of the goalkeeping duties.
“Leslie stepped into the goalie position after our starting keeper was injured. Leslie did a great job of picking up the position and was totally fearless coming out at the ball,” said Chandler. “She has 15 saves on the season. I then pulled our JV keeper to finish out the season for us in goal. [Freshman] Ashley Davis is doing a fantastic job for us in goal and is totally fearless and aggressive in the box.”
The Lady Lancers will host Rustburg on Friday, April 12, before spring break.