Seniors Jenny Borman and Hannah George andf juniors Anne Crockett, Quincy McKown, Anna Whelan and Sarah Joseck will form a strong nucleus. Whelan was a second-team all-state player last year.
"My junior and senior class has gotten to ride the wave of success,'' she said. "I think they're prepared to lead the way. We've got eight or nine freshmen coming in that are good and strong. It'll be a good fit for the experienced players that we have.''
Don't count out Winfield
The Winfield boys turned in one of their finest seasons in recent memory, finishing the regular season ninth in the state coaches rankings and winning a sectional contest.
The Generals lost nine starters to graduation, but don't count them out just yet.
"We've got a hard-working group,'' said Winfield second-year coach Mike Foster. "They see where we're trying to take them and they're real receptive. I think we have a good team. I played a lot of players last year so a lot had game experience from last year.''
Senior forward Preston Sheldon returns after scoring the fourth-most goals in the Kanawha Valley with 20. Senior midfielder Connor Grant, defender Jacob Foster and junior keeper Bryce Boggs will still make the Generals competitive.
"I really think we're going to have a good year,'' Foster said. "You know how you have a good group and you see them clicking. I've got good substitutes and a good starting 11. We'll be substituting five or six a game and we won't lose anything.''
Marshall in the Valley
The Marshall men's and women's soccer teams will be playing some of their home games in the Kanawha Valley this season.
The Thundering Herd men's squad has two games (one exhibition, one regular season) scheduled for Trace Fork at Southridge and four set for Hurricane High. The men's home opener against Wright State on Aug. 24 will take place at Trace Fork.
The Marshall women's team will play two contests at Hurricane High with three games at Cabell Midland and one at Huntington.
Marshall bought the property where Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse once stood, tore down the iconic arena this past spring and is building a state-of-the-art soccer complex on the site, but it won't be ready until next season.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.