2018-2019 Varsity Girls Soccer

2018 Girls Soccer
Coaches:  Kevin Duggins (Head Coach); Brittney Shaffer, Pat Robertson, Brooke Denny, Bre Kinder
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Bailie Bautista
Emily Herschberger
Amiah Lee
NeVaeh Partlow
Kirsten Pierce
Jenna Robertson
Emma Watson
Laura Weaver
Emily Whiteman
Rachel Wyrick
Mackenzie Bashore
Coralyn Hawley
Maya James
Morrigan Jones
Sophia Kidd
Vicky Qiu
Shaylie Stucker
Kamryn Booher
Makaila Carpenter
Selena Corrales
Olivia Hicks
Katherine Lay
Whtney Pierce
Emily Rizer
Colleen Weaver
Bridget Baumfalk
Brianna Bautista
Nicole Burdette
Molly Dowden
Madelyn Duncan
Abby Glendenning
Madison Kruger
Emily Lucas
Kate Mayfield
Bayli Reed
Emily Riggle
Rebecca Stillwell
Rilyn Wonnell

Date Opponent Time Score
Aug. 11 Eastern Jamboree (V) (T) 10:00 am
Aug. 15 Oak Hill (V) (T) 6:00 pm (L) 3-1
Senior NeVaeh Partlow opened up the Kats
2018 season scoring with an assist from Maya James, while Shaylie Stucker recorded 4 saves.
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Aug. 18 Muncie Central (V/JV) (H) 11/12:30 p (W) 8-0
Aug. 21 Marion (V/JV) (T) 5:30/7:00  (T) 2-2
It was a flat first half for our Lady Kats as they allowed a deflection goal to find their own net in the first five minutes of regulation. The Giants
continued their physical and aggressive play, and we did not rise to the occasion.

Trailing 2-0 with a stern talk at half, plus a reminder of expectations, Kokomo showed new life in the second half. Great, quicker transitional third play put the force of the Lady Kats back on the Giants third more.

With 17 minutes left in the game, sweeper Whitney Pierce, who was the driving force for stopping attack after attack from Marion, was moved up into striking distance of the Giants net. It wasn't long before her continuous pressure showed wear on the Giants defense. With just over four minutes left, Whitney cut the ball against two defenders to find the far upper corner of the net. Then with 1:37 left in the game Whitney again squared off on the goal for a rebounded shot by freshman Nicole Burdette to push past the Giants keeper forcing the 2-2 draw.

Shaylie Stucker recorded three saves against the frame of Kokomo's goal.
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Aug. 23 Northwestern (V/JV) (H) 5:00/6:30  (L) 4-0
Aug. 28 Lafayette Jeff (JV/V) (H) 5:30/7:00  (L) 1-0
Sept. 4 McCutcheon (JV/V) (T) 5:00/6:30  (L) 5-0
Sept. 6 Hamilton Heights (JV/V) (H) 5:30/7:00  (L) 4-1
Bridging big gaps has been what this year is all about. When playing Heights last year the Lady Kats found themselves on an 8-0 slope at the end of the game.

When a 2-1 score found the game in the second half, the Lady Kats started showing how much stronger this team, even program, has become in one season.

Kirstin Pierce had a beautiful read on a center drop from the Heights wing defender and ran through the pass after Nicole Burdette squeezed the wing defense into a bad decision. Pierce found herself making a smart, yet controlled, shot on the keeper to put the Kats on the scoreboard, trailing 2-1.

Shaylie Stucker recorded five saves in the net.
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Sept. 11 Logansport (V) (H) 5:00 (L) 3-0
Sept. 13 West Lafayette (JV/V) (T) 5:30/7:00  (L) 5-1
Sept. 15 Maconaquah (V) (T) 10:00 am (W) 7-1
Freshman Nicole Burdette dropped a hat trick (three goals) followed by Whitney Pierce netting two goals, and Maya James and Olivia Hicks each netted a goal apiece.

Freshman Kate Mayfield had the lone assist of the day, while Shaylie Stucker recorded three saves, all in the first half.
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Sept. 19 Harrison (JV/V) (T) 5:00/6:30  Weather cancellation
Sept. 22 NCC Tournament 10:00 am Our Lady Kats only had to play one game in the
tournament; they were able to come out victorious
with a 7-0 win against Arsenal Tech.

Whitney Pierce and Nicole Burdette each had two
goals and an assist, along with Maya James placing
an assist and a goal on the attacking third. Emily
Rizer and Kamryn Booher finished off the scoring
with a goal each. NeVaeh Partlow, Rachel Wyrick,
and Kate Mayfield each had an assist. The two
goalies for the day combined for zero saves on goal.
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Sept. 26 Western (V/JV) (H) 5:00/6:30  (L) 4-0
Oct. 4, 6 Sectional @ Kokomo   Harrison 2 - McCutcheon 1
Kokomo 3 - Logansport 2 (OT)
Freshman Nicole Burdette had two goals, junior Maya James had two assists, and senior Kirstin Pierce had one goal and one assist.

In goal junior Shaylie Stucker recorded four saves, while freshman Kate Mayfield totaled four saves in the second half.
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Harrison 5 - Lafayette Jeff 0

Harrison 4 - Kokomo 0
Our Lady Kats came out playing hard and giving it their all, but the force of the Harrison girls was just too constant to be slowed down. Many of our Lady Kats played some of their best soccer and put forth their best communications while learning to play against a stronger force.

Shaylie Stucker and Kate Mayfield combined for nine saves in goal.

While much offensive pressure was not generated for our Lady Kats, they still never gave up. Still trying to make quick transitional third play and long runs, they learned to push themselves against the fast funneling defense of Harrison.
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Season Review:

The Lady Kats soccer squad most certainly had a successful year in the grand outlook of growth. Though the season final record may not leave you thinking as much, the stats will certainly tell you a different story.
You might recall in our season preview we claimed these young lady athletes were going to be a force to watch develop. Nothing could have been truer. We called it "the season of gaps” that these Lady Wildkats would bridge gap-after-gap from last season to this season.

In their 2017 season our Lady Kats saw the back of their opponents net only 15 times in total. But in 2018, it was found 30 times.

Also in 2017 our LadyKats gave up 71 goals by the end of sectionals, where in 2018 they gave up only 42… with two more games played.

In 2015-16 some parents and fans of the program asked (knowing a couple huge rebuild years were coming) if we wanted to look at adjusting the schedule and who we played. This simply was never the answer. Though being 3-8-1 during the regular season and 4-9-1after sectionals, the easy schedule is not where you want your program; being 16-0 against an easy schedule is not the athlete you want your child to become.
The ladies this year (as each year) faced a relentless schedule of opponents, from county rivals to NCC conference elite programs. Our Lady Kats bridged the gaps they did in just one year because they developed into their best, by playing the best. Knowing that each new turn brought them an even tougher program to rise against, our lady athletes never had a light practice load.

But rise they did. From United States Marine Corps work outs, to the program’s first full week of two-a-days and the speed of the turf practices over-and-over, these athletes earned a great deal of respect from coaches of the programs we faced.

Also in 2017 our Lady Kats goals only had four of the 15 come from an assist, where in 2018, 15 of the teams 30 goals came from assists. Strength in the field was much more balanced this year, and we expect that to continue into the years to come. Yet under the respectful senior captain leadership of Jenna Robertson this year, the Kats have certainly flipped the script on their future ahead. Next year the current junior captain (senior to be) Maya James will lead another year of stronger and greatly more developed athletes into an even greater season as such a young squad becomes a young, but experienced force ready for new blood next season.

If you visited a practice this year or over heard the girls talking at games you may have heard them say "the grind never stops". This year’s flip-around is just from that; never stopping. With the off season here, we will soon be back in the open gyms and spring/summer work outs. There is NO DOUBT the much higher numbers we had this last year at offseason training had every bit to do with this year’s success. And, more girls were involved in offseason league play as well. Now let's be sure we increase those numbers from last year’s offseason involvement and make 2019 EVEN GREATER.

It has truly been a great and fun season to coach these Lady Kats this year. My only hope is that you made it to many games and often, because what you see this next year and to come is truly a sight in high school athletics to watch or be a part of.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank the parents, grounds crew, administrators (for showing support), and most of all, the athletes. Get prepared for 2019, and tell them the Lady Kats are coming.

Go Kats!

Coach Duggins

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