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Warrior girls soccer team has challenges ahead

The 2013 Lake George High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team includes (front, left to right):  Andrea Smith, Emma Donnelly, Jessica Quay, Kerry Walker, Vivian Jaworsky, Paige Potter, Cora Connelly, (row 2): Coach Mike McLaughlin, Julia McCabe, Lacey Cormie, Allie Anable, Carly Vreugde, Anna Hayden, Nicole Nolin, Kira Bieber, Emily Lindsay (captain). (Not pictured): Brittany Motta and Josie Owens.

The 2013 Lake George High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team includes (front, left to right): Andrea Smith, Emma Donnelly, Jessica Quay, Kerry Walker, Vivian Jaworsky, Paige Potter, Cora Connelly, (row 2): Coach Mike McLaughlin, Julia McCabe, Lacey Cormie, Allie Anable, Carly Vreugde, Anna Hayden, Nicole Nolin, Kira Bieber, Emily Lindsay (captain). (Not pictured): Brittany Motta and Josie Owens. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The Lake George Varsity Girls Soccer team is ready to reclaim the glory days they enjoyed for a decade or so through 2010, area sports observers are predicting.

Up through that year, they routinely either won Adirondack League championships, or were in the hunt for the title — Lake George was a leader in popularizing the sport for girls in the region during that era.

This past year’s campaign for the soccer team was frustrating, as Captain Emma Underwood was injured, which set the team back in their game attack. Her teammates, however, responded to the challenge and finished off the season strong, said Mike McLaughlin, who was appointed coach in 2011 after the departure of Joel Gordon.

McLaughlin remarked this week that he was proud how his 2012 team won a Sectional play-in game against Cambridge, then put up a credible battle against state-ranked Hoosic Valley.

“We gave them a run for their money,” he said.

McLaughlin noted that the 2013 players have their work cut out for them, as they must fill the roles of the nine 2012 seniors who graduated in June.

The team has two Seniors returning — Emily Lindsay and Brittany Motta — and McLaughlin said he expects leadership from the two in mentoring the seven Juniors, five Sophomores and three Freshmen on the 2013 team.

“They are all very enthusiastic, and talented,” McLaughlin said. “They’re all good athletes.”

The coach added that he is seeking to develop a squad that can exert control over game play, day after day.

“We’re developing a team that can play with consistency, end to end.” he said. “It’s a matter of grace under pressure.”

McLaughlin noted the dramatically increased competition in the Adirondack League in the league since 2011.

He observed that Bolton has a remarkably good team, and that Fort Ann also has a talented squad.

“There are no easy teams this year, “ he said. “I prefer to have the girls challenged every game — Nothing gets accomplished in a ‘cake walk.’”

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