HAWKS SOCCER READY TO PRESS FORWARD
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Despite finishing with a 5-9-2 record a year ago, head coach Wes Anania and the Lady Hawks are excited to start fresh in 2010.
“We’ve been working hard in camp and we really want to focus on playing well to position ourselves for an opportunity to win the conference championship,” said coach Anania. “A step in the right direction for the program this year is posting double digits in the overall win column.”
Coach Anania is excited about the players returning for the Lady Hawks this year. Returning is All-Great South Athletic Conference senior forward Courtney Fredenburg. “Courtney played very well for us last season and we’re expecting her to be even more productive this year,” said Anania.
Fredenburg played in 17 games and recording eight goals, including two assists for the Lady Hawks in 2009.
Two defenders head coach Wes Anania is looking forward to seeing back on the field are sophomore Molly Crossno and junior Ginger Tyson. Coach Anania said, “It’s good to have two solid defenders in Molly and Ginger back with experience.”
Speaking of experience, sophomore Jenny Burnash returns with plenty of action from 2009 as the Lady Hawks goal keeper. Burnash started in 16 games as a freshman logging over 1500 minutes of playing action, including 160 saves during the 2009 campaign.
“We’re excited to see what Sam Havel can contribute to our team after missing last season due to injury. She has been working hard to get back on the field this season,” said Anania.
The Lady Hawks add talent to the roster this season. Freshman Kate Garrigan looks to bring her prep experience onto the field early in the season. “Kate is expected to make an immediate impact on the field. She is a well round athlete and could play any position,” said head coach Anania.
Coach Anania has been able to see the chemistry of this year’s team during preseason camp. “I look forward to seeing Crystal Flores up top with Sam Havel or Courtney Fredenburg,” said Anania. “All of the incoming freshmen will push for significant playing time, and with this type of talent and the competition within it will only make our team better.”
The Lady Hawks will open their regular season on Wednesday, Sept. 1, when they host in-state rival Birmingham-Southern at the Huntingdon Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m., and admission is free.