Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Fort Dorchester girls’ soccer team is working through a transition phase but new coach Taryn Floyd believes her team is on track for some good things.
“We are a strong team but our players are getting used to a brand new coaching staff and a new style of play,” the first-year head coach said. “We are starting from scratch so the girls are having to adjust to my coaching style which is a fairly strict style. They are running a lot and working hard and I’m proud of the way they have accepted that and the way they are pushing themselves. We are a young team, but I see big things for them.”
Some members of the team have never played together and some are learning new positions so the team is off to a slow start. The Patriots are 1-5 with an 0-3 mark in Region 8-AAAA.
However, defense has been a strength for the Patriots early on as all five losses have been by a single goal.
“I have four players back there who are stellar,” Floyd said. “I call them the Fantastic Four because they are just so solid together and typically don’t ever come off the field.”
Anchoring that side of the field are Danielle Kilcullen, Melissa Foster, Briana Chisolm and Emma Bouyea.
The Fort has two goalkeepers on the roster, Lauren Beasley and Symone Funches.
The Patriots also have talent in the midfield, which is led by Caitlyn Reilly. She has traveled extensively with her club team and played for the Olympic Development Program at the regional level. In January, she attended the ODP national camp.
“She works harder than any other player I’ve ever seen,” Floyd said. “She has been injured this year but when she is on the field she is a difference maker.”
Also bringing experience to the midfield are Danni Dame and Anna Seder, who has already signed with Columbia College. Dame didn’t play high school soccer last year, but came in this year and stepped into a captain’s role.
Freshman Bailey Pope has been a standout up top for the Patriots early this season.
“She is starting to catch fire so I’m looking for big things from her this season,” Floyd said.
Other members of the team are Jessica Anewalt, Sydney Benson, Hannah Dame, Zoe Dulaney, Alyssa Keller, Madison McDowell, Grace Paige, Mary Paige and Mia Wideman.
“I really like this team,” Floyd said. “These girls have an interest in building this program. They have team dinners every Sunday and they are a cohesive group and it is showing on the field. We are lacking in some spots but these girls are growing.”
The Fort will participate in the Airport High School Tournament this weekend and travel to Beaufort for a rematch April 9. The Patriots will then host a rematch with Ashley Ridge April 12.
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