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Girls’ soccer boasts strong squad this season

Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:00 am

Sophomore Sydney Cherry and junior Faith Powers challenge each other for the ball during a recent drill at soccer practice.

As the weather gets warmer, members of the Louisa County High School girls’ soccer team are getting their season started.

One of the new faces to the team for the 2018 season is head coach Holly Verbos, a biology teacher at LCHS. This is her first year as head coach, but she’s no stranger to the game, having played since she was five years old.

“Soccer has always been a very big part of my life,” she said. “I’m glad to be back on the field.”

In addition to losing their head coach, the soccer team lost four seniors from last year’s squad, but has a lot of familiar faces returning to the field,  including seven returning seniors, which puts them in a good position to start the season.

“It gives us a lot of confidence,” Kat Loewenstein, one of the returning seniors, said. “It’s nice to know who you’re playing with and who you’re passing to.”

One of the biggest losses from last year’s squad was goalie Columbia Harkrader, who proved a force to be reckoned with for the Lions. While the official starting line-up hasn’t been settled yet, Loewenstein is on the short list of candidates to take Harkrader’s place in goal.

“It’s a little scary having to live up to Columbia’s legacy, but at the same time, whoever is in goal has to live up to their own expectations,” she said.

Returning to the team with Loewenstein are fellow seniors Briana Braxton, Sara Hall, Alexi Harding, Heather Mitchell, Kenzie Morse and Madison Noland, all of whom are ready to step up and fill the spaces left by the players who graduated.

“We knew going in last year that it was going to be their last year, so we began mentally preparing to take over for them,” Harding said.

Verbos is confident in the seniors and hopes they will “fill leadership roles” on the team.

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