Smith-Cotton girl’s soccer stepped closer to its regular-season opener Thursday, hosting its annual Black and Gold Scimmage at Suzie Ditzfeld Field in Sedalia.
The Lady Tigers open at home 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, against Moberly. After a road match with Center, a homestand that includes Camdendon, Battle and WCC Co-Champions, St. Pius X, are early tests for the Lady Tigers.
Seven seniors are listed on the S-C roster, including forward line starters Jessica Coble, Brianna Pollitt and Annie Guier.
Lady Tigers head coach Adam Murray said keeping the team’s shape and passing with a purpose — actions requiring discipline, and usually a yearlong theme — were takeaways from the preseason scrimmage.
“We tell the girls all the time, play with a purpose,” Murray said. “Don’t just kick. Try to connect passes and really possess and hold on to the ball.
“Playing in shape, possessing, I think shows discipline and mental toughness. And those are things we try to instill on a daily basis, and take over into a game. Anybody can run around on a field, but doing your job, playing your position, it takes discipline.”
The Lady Tigers have enjoyed consistent results over the last three seasons, but are seeking its first district win against Jefferson City, Rock Bridge or Hickman. Winning about 15 matches, competing for a West Central Conference title and overcoming one of those three district foes make up the Smith-Cotton to-do list in 2017.
“We want to win a district game and play for a district championship,” Murray said. “Our expectations, pretty much, we’re not changing them.”
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