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Season opener big match for young Colts

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/12/2014

Clear Fork has enjoyed a run of three OCC championships over the last four years in girls soccer, but an inexperienced squad will have to grow up quick to capture another title.

The 2-time defending conference champion Colts have been working to supplement the loss of 10 graduated seniors this offseason. Veteran players say the transition has been rough at times, but the team has made steady progress throughout the summer.

"We're slowly working things out day by day," senior goalkeeper Moe Bailey says.

The 3-year letterman has started every game of her high school career in net for the Colts and expects to be relied on heavily this season with an entirely new defensive unit. Despite replacing a solid back line with a number of underclassmen, senior midfielder Deijah Swihart believes the raw new crew has played very well during the offseason.

"Our defense is doing great this year," Swihart says. "Better than what we expected because they're young, but they're doing good."

Swihart is a 3-year letter winner that led the team in scoring a season ago as a forward. Head coach Brittany Bechtel will move Deijah to the midfield this season to run the offense through her veteran offensive threat. In a move the 9th year coach believes can make the Colts even more dangerous in 2014 than last seasons 13-5 squad.

The 2013 version of Clear Fork girls soccer had their season come to an end in the district finals with a 3-0 loss to Ontario. Clear Fork will get a shot at revenge in their season opener with the Lady Warriors on Tuesday, in a game that could give the Colts momentum for the rest of the season.

"It would set a good mood for the season and we'd all have our heads high," junior forward Jordyne Helinski says. "If we lost we'd probably have our heads down, but we'll try to keep them up."

Helinski was named Offensive Player of the Year in the OCC in 2013 and says she will be a big part of the offensive game plan again this season. Bechtel likes starting off the season with a difficult opponent like Ontario and believes with 10 returning letterman mixed with young talent that winning a third consecutive OCC championship is "very realistic."

It all starts at the Colt Corral with the Lady Warriors  at 7 p.m. on August 19. A replay of that match can be seen on WMFD TV August 21 at 7:30 p.m.

   
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