Big things on the horizon for Coshocton girls’ soccer team

| August 25, 2014

COSHOCTON – Just a day after notching his 50th career victory, Coshocton High School girls soccer coach Matt Hartley imparted words that have been a microcosm of what the program has always been about.

“We have high expectations,” said Hartley, who enters his sixth season of guiding the Lady Redskins. “Big things are expected from this team.”

Coshocton is coming off a 2013 season that produced a 10-6-2 record but also provided a tremendous amount of experience for those returning.

Among those who are back include a foursome of seniors consisting of forward Emily Hartley, defenders Kallie Unger and Jenny Simpson, and midfielder Raven Durben. They are among 13 total returning letter winners.

“We do have several key players returning. However we are going to be very young and inexperienced in several areas,” said Coach Hartley. “Emily carries the group and can play everywhere.

The Lady Redskins opened their season on a successful note, defeating a county rival by a 6-0 score on Thursday, Aug. 21. Hartley helped power the team to victory with three goals and one assist. Unger moved up to the offensive end and added two goals.

Among the rest of the letter winners, Coach Hartley also recognizes juniors Carly Livingston, Kenzie Mizer, Skylar Hasseman as well as sophomores Olivia Ward, Caley Ridenbaugh, Erin Storsin as keys to the Lady Redskins’ play in the midfield. Peighton Gore, another sophomore, is a solid defender.

Ward tallied a goal in the Ridgewood contest while Livingston is one of the team’s most versatile players.

Sophomore Peighton Taylor will take over at goalkeeper for the graduated Hannah Michael who is now competing collegiately at Mount Vernon Nazarene. Another CHS grad, Emily Simpson is playing at Wake Forest.

Junior Kristy Spence and sophomores Caley Ridenbaugh and Amia Woods will provide depth at midfield as will sophomore Taylor Holderbaum as a defender.

Other freshmen who are expected to contribute are Alexia Rose, Janie Williams, Ashley Roahrig and Rachel Roman (midfielders), and Tara Salmans and Larissa Cain (defenders).

“I feel this team has great potential to fare well in the postseason,” Coach Hartley said. “We do have some youth, which will be a challenge. We have a young goalie but it will be exciting to see our young players step up.”

However, if the season-opener is any indication, Taylor did not allow a goal against the Lady Generals.

Assisting Hartley are Craig Hamilton and Chelsea Allen.

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