New coach strives to keep high standard for Hampton girls soccer
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Much has been made about the new regiemes taking over in the local high school football with the retirements of Pine-Richland's Clair Altemus and North Hills' Jack McCurry.
The Hampton Lady Talbots soccer team had a legend step aside in Frank Christy, and like the local football counterparts, a capable candidate to lead the program was ready to take the reigns.
Bill Paholich was an assistant on Christy's staff for several years. Now he will lead the storied program in to the future.
“It will be an interesting year,” Paholich said. “We had a nice preseason, and there are a lot of girls stepping up and filling holes.”
Paholich is happy he has seven seniors back to help the team transition, and he said he has seen them take the team in the right direction.
“They are all leaders, which is nice,” Paholich said. “
The team begins with midfielders Coleen Brodman, Bri Lent, Hannah Rice and Lauren Frey.
Taylor Starr is a midfielder/defender, and Caroline Caridi also will help keep the ball away from goalie Trisha Winters.
“We will go as far as they take us,” Paholich said. “We lost two big scorers, but my defense is back. We will have to be able to create some scoring opportunities, and we can't rely on one or two players.”
Paholich said he has a little to lean on at each spot on the field and coupled with good underclassmen, his plan is to play 14 to 15 girls without any drop in production.
Paholich said he likes the competitive edge his team has shown thus far.
“The best thing I can say about them is that they fight to the end,” he said. “They don't quit. We have a tough section with Seneca Valley, North Allegheny, Butler, Pine-Richland and anyone can beat anyone. But for us to win, we will need 15 to 16 contributors because in some cases, we will be playing back-to-back section games.”
Paholich said a key element for success is the ability of his players to trust each other. He added that if everyone concentrates on their own effort without trying to be a one-player-show, the balance should be there.
“I would rather have eight girls score four-goals each than two girls score 10 goals each,” he said. “I expect some of the underclassmen to contribute too.”
Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or email@example.com.
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