Spring might be a few weeks away, but the spring sports season is here.
Pacific girls soccer completed its preseason jamboree Thursday at Hillsboro, along with Seckman. The Lady Indians battled to a scoreless tie against the host school and lost 2-0 against Seckman.
“I was pretty happy with what I saw from our team tonight,” Head Coach Todd Dempsey said. “...In the first game against Hillsboro we did some nice things. I thought we moved the ball relatively well on offense and we put together a number of good scoring chances. Defensively, our back line withstood some good pressure from a pretty talented attack. In the second game against Seckman we played fairly well for most of the session but Seckman really broke us down with their possession. They were very methodical in their attack. Overall, I liked a lot of what I saw.”
With multiple injuries to begin the season, the jamboree presented a valuable opportunity for Pacific to test different lineups and try players at different positions.
“We did tinker with the lineup and positions and that’s going to take some time to really hammer out to our best fit,” Dempsey said.
Dempsey identified three of his seven returning starters as the standout performers of the jamboree.
“Emma Plante did a lot to control play through the midfield,” he said. “Corynn Boyer looked good on the wing even with her limited minutes while she works back from a minor injury. Lily Hardcastle played a couple of strong games on defense as well.”
Pacific has 37 players total on its rosters this season, but a lot of unknowns about who will fill what roles.
“There really were some big questions for me going into the game having to fill so many spots,” Dempsey said. “We’ve got some players with a lot of potential to build on and now we can spend the next week honing in on our weaknesses as we get ready to start the season.”
The Lady Indians open the season at home on March 19 against Four Rivers Conference rival Owensville.