Warriors gaining skills, momentum

LAKE GEORGE With enthusiasm and motivation to boost skills, the Lake George Varsity Girls Soccer Team is tackling a hard schedule and moving towards their goal of capturing a championship, Coach Joel Gordon said Monday. Approaching the halfway point in their 2008 season, the team is focused on reaching the top of the Adirondack League, Gordon said. Were rolling right along, Gordon said. Were improving each week, and I have high hopes for the rest of the season. The Warriors have tallied a 3-0 league record, and when matchups against larger, skilled non-league teams are counted in, 4-4 overall. The last league game was Thursday against Salem, and the girls played with grit and energy as they proceeded to a 4-1 victory, Gordon said. The team started out flat, but garnered energy and worked together to dominate the game. Katie Flatley kept the midfield crew organized, Gordon said, while seniors Kenzie Weber and Rachel Flaherty provided vital leadership. When Kenzie and Rachel are having a great game, the whole team has a great game, he said. They win the hard tackles, and theyve got great field vision. Megan Stover, Gordon said, is a top goal scorer for the team. Shes a real serious offensive threat Every time she gets the ball, I think shes gonna score, shes that good, he said. No opponent seems able to match her speed and strength. Flatley and Stover were among the three seniors that were sidelined with injuries early this season, he said. Those injuries are now history, and the team has a full, productive roster. Although the 2007 Warrior team lost eight seniors, and the younger players, mostly sophomores and freshmen, are now stepping into their roles, he said. The younger players are moving the ball better and gaining confidence, he said. Among the standouts is Mackenzie Perkett, who is only a Freshman, but is playing a a leadership role that is central to the teams success, he said. We see different kids coming forward accomplishing things they werent doing earlier in the season, he said. The team was headed for a game Tuesday against Hadley-Luzerne, and a game Saturday against Bolton, which also has a talented squad enjoying a successful season. Gordon said his crew was moving forward toward its goals of winning the Adirondack League crown and putting up a good showing in sectionals. Theyre fired up all the time, he said.

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