Archive for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Maranatha girls soccer drops season opener, 4-0

March 27, 2012, 5:04 p.m.

Updated: March 28, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

With some inexperienced players and rainy weather on Thursday, the Maranatha Academy girls soccer team dropped its first game of the season to Kansas City Christian , 4-0, at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.

The game was shortened by 24 minutes because of the rain, but at this point the team continues to regroup with only a few players returning from last year’s team.

“I think we have enough athleticism that as the year progresses, we’re going to become a pretty solid team that is able to compete in a lot of games,” coach Matt Gordon said.

In order for the Eagles to be successful, they will rely heavily on three players.

Senior midfielder Hannah Hoduski has developed her game over the past four years and now looks to be one of the team leaders.

“She’s had a nice hardworking attitude about her,” Gordon said. “I think she’s hitting a stride this year where she’s not only going to be the captain, but she’s also going to be able to run the offense with her hard work.”

Senior Emily Kidd will also be an asset for Maranatha as the team trying to sure up the back line.

Sophomore Megan Bowlin shows some experience bringing her experience with club soccer to a fairly young team.

“She has that capability of being a calming presence on the field that some people new to soccer aren’t able to grasp,” Gordon said.

With five new seniors and 10 freshmen, the Eagles hope that these early season experiences will bolster them when postseason play comes around in late April and early May.

Gordon said right now he’s worried about getting everyone on the team on the same page.

So far he’s confident in more than half of his team’s 24 players to help the team succeed later on.

Girls tennis rescheduled

The Maranatha boys tennis team’s tournament scheduled for Thursday at Shawnee Mission East was rained out. The two schools are hoping to make up the event on Thursday.

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