Head coach Jeff Price has his fingers crossed that he saw a glimpse of the future of Marietta High girls' soccer late last season.
In an Ohio Division I sectional opening round match at the Devola Soccer Complex in mid-October, the No. 9-seeded MHS ladies booted visiting Canton McKinley, 12-0. Eight different girls scored, highlighted by four goals from Audrey May. Becca Poulson added two, while Lucinda Ryder, Alexa Fouss, Gabbi Latture, Beka Haught, Sami Koons, and Katie Miller each had one. Goalkeeper Nora Gulick was credited with a clean sheet.
"Everybody, it seemed, had a goal against Canton McKinley," Price said. "We'd had a rough season, so that game was a good payoff for the team."
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Becca Poulson (16) and Alexa Fouss (9) battle for the ball during a sectional soccer match against Canton McKinley at the Devola Soccer Complex last fall. The Lady Tigers won 12-0.
Marietta capped the 2013 campaign with an 8-0 sectional setback at top-seeded Massillon Jackson.
"When we played Massillon Jackson, we looked like Canton McKinley," Price said.
Of the group of net-benders in the Canton McKinley match, all are expected back in the fall, except co-captain Miller, who graduated this past spring, and will be continuing her education and playing soccer at Otterbein University in Westerville. The other seniors on the 2013 varsity squad were Michelle Henderson, Sydney Stanley, and foreign exchange student Yoon Chang.
Marietta girls soccer
Head coach: Jeff Price
Last year's record: 4-14
Aug. 16WARREN1 p.m.
Aug. 19 at John Glenn 5 p.m.
Aug. 21 at Rosecrans 6 p.m.
Aug. 25 at Maysville 6 p.m.
Aug. 26 DOVER 5 p.m.
Aug. 28 WILLIAMSTOWN 5 p.m.
Sept. 3 at Cambridge 5 p.m.
Sept. 6 PHILO 11 a.m.
Sept. 9 COSHOCTON 6 p.m.
Sept. 11 at Newark 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 at New Philadelphia 5 p.m.
Sept. 20 at River View noon
Sept. 23 ROSECRANS 6 p.m.
Sept. 30 ZANESVILLE 5 p.m.
Oct. 2 PARKERSBURG SOUTH 5 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Warren 5 p.m.
Miller, a first-team all-district and East Central Ohio League (ECOL) honoree, will be missed, but Price, the 2013 District Coach of the Year, has a nice nucleus of returnees from last year's 4-14 squad.
Haught, a co-cap and defender, was also a first-team district pick and a second-team ECOL selection. She'll be a senior when the Lady Tigers kick off the season next month.
Embry Roberts, a defender was named to the district second team, while Mo Robinson (midfielder), May (striker) and Koons (midfielder) were honorable mention choices. Roberts is a sophomore now, while the other three are juniors.
Gulick, who in all likelihood will be positioned between the pipes again, will also be a junior.
Shae Hutchison, an all-state softball player, gives the Lady Tigers depth at the goalie spot. She can also play elsewhere on the pitch.
Some of the other orange and black returnees are expected to be Maddie Myers, Charlie Bingler, Baylee Gorham, Cady Lenington, Jensen Hausman, and Tanner Moss.
"The numbers look good," Price said. "We may not have a lot of rich talent, but we have enough players to have fresh legs on the field.
"I'm looking to have as many options on the field as possible."
This summer, the MHS ladies have competed in a 7-on-7 event at Parkersburg High; played in a 45-minute, running clock scrimmage at Zane Trace; and last weekend made what has become an annual trip to a tournament in Strongsville.
Several of the girls have also taken advantage of open fields at the Devola Soccer Complex.
"Right now, I'm seeing the girls in bits and pieces, because it's summer and we have some multi-sport athletes," Price said. "I'm looking forward to seeing them altogether.
"We've got lots of work to do."
The Lady Tiger booters, who are scheduled to host Warren Aug. 16, will once again be competing in the always-tough East Central Ohio League.
"It's going to be a fight in every game - hopefully," Price said.