The Indian River Girl’s soccer program received an early indication of how strong a season they may have after going 4-1-1 against some of the top teams in the state at Woodbridge’s play-day on March 11.
The Lady Indians beat William Penn 2-1, Tower Hill 1-0, Glasgow 4-1 and last year’s state champion Charter 2-0 while tying Ursuline 1-1 and losing to AI DuPont 1-0.
Overall, Head Coach Steve Kilby was pleased with his players’ effort and knows that his team will continue to improve.
“I thought we did pretty well,” Kilby said. “We made a couple mental breakdowns (defensively) but that is to be expected in the first time under a new system. It’s not bad anytime you give up only four goals in six games.”
Kilby also noted the improvement of second-year goalie Bethany Beck as a welcomed surprise.
“Bethany did a nice job. She came off the line when she had to and made some saves that she wouldn’t have made last year,” he said.
“Todd Fuhrman has done a great job with her, but you have to give her credit. She sought him out, looking for extra training, and he was gracious enough to help,” said Kilby.
Indian River didn’t score many goals but that’s because they only played 30-minute games instead of the regulation 60. He mentioned that offensive production will increase, especially after this weekend’s play-day at Middletown.
Since the Woodbridge play-day, the team has concentrated more on its transition game, which comes at a good time, because the Lady Indians start out the regular season with a pretty tough schedule.
Indian River will play Middletown and Caesar Rodney in the second and third week of the season, so the Lady Indians will know where they stand in the state.
“Right now we’re cautiously optimistic,” Kilby said about their offense play against Middletown and Caesar Rodney. “Usually, you’d like to have a few more games under your belt before you play teams like that. It will definitely be a measuring stick.”