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Jackson County High School Girls Soccer Head Coach Expecting Effort From Young Team

It was a tale of two seasons for the Jackson County High School girls soccer team in 2017 and 2018.

The former saw the team finish second in the district with a group of veteran players, while the latter saw that team lose said players while fielding a new team. To add to that, several of Head Coach Richard Deaver’s players are still relatively new to the game.

“Last year was a rebuilding year,” Deaver said. “I knew going into the year that I had a new goalie and a new team…a lot of them hadn’t started playing soccer until they were in high school, so you’re having to teach them the game and also play games.”

A young team it certainly is, although Deaver will be returning a majority of them this season. 10 of their current 15 players are back, meaning that although they are still young, they have a year of experience playing together as a group. Deaver is also returning three seniors who have been very dependable in their time with the team.

“We return three seniors who have played for four years,” Deaver said. “They have played almost every game in their careers, so they bring a lot of experience.”

Even though it’s a young team, playing together for an extended period of time does have merit with regards to the chemistry between the players. They know where each other’s strengths are and where they could stand to improve. With that experience should come better overall performances in game action.

“I am expecting to see a lot of improvement because these girls have had a year to play with each other,” Deaver said. “Some of the new additions are freshman who have played together in middle school, so I expect us to be more competitive.”

Effort is the name of the game in any sport, and that is exactly what Deaver wants. No matter what the score is, he wants his team to go out and do their best for the team they represent.

“My expectation is for them to leave it all on the field,” Deaver said. “There’s individual competition on the field when you’re 1-on-1 with a player…I want them to compete with the person in front of them, and want to win every ball in every situation.”

“If they do that, eventually wins will come.”


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