SMITHVILLE — They didn’t win them all, but as it was the team’s first year in the Suburban Conference, Smithville Girls Soccer coach Jonathan Reed said he was pleased with the turnout of the 2019 season.
“We had some really good games and some losses,” he said.
Beaten by Kearney High School, Reed said it was hard for the girls to get ahead.
“We’ve struggled to score, maybe the last couple years,” he said, adding that the defense of the team has been doing well.
With some players to watch including Mahlee Wohlford, an incoming senior who made all-state last year; and incoming sophomore Emma Harris, who made all-region, Reed is excited to see what the girls will get done next season.
“I thought our defense really held together. We had new people playing new positions,” Reed said. “A freshman player, Emma Harris, she really did a good job.”
Harris said the team worked well together and hopes next year provides the same unity.
“It’s like we knew where each other was going without having to talk to each other that much,” she said. “We had some really good defense.”
“McKenzie Robinson does a lot of the hard work,” the coach said about the midfielder. “She runs around and does her job. We ran a pretty tough conference.”
Aside from losing to Kearney, according to the Missouri State High School Activities Association, the lady Warriors came out on top in a host of games including those against Grandview, Platte County, Pembroke Hill, Grain Valley, Winnetonka and Raytown South high schools. In games against Winnetonka and Grandview, the girls dominated wins with scores of 10-0.
In the end, of the 24 games of the season, MSHSAA reports the team had a record of 16-4. It was their first year in the Suburban Conference so they went up against teams that they hadn’t before and still did very well, Reed said.
Excited for next season and eager to meet new teammates, Harris said she hopes the coming year takes them further at districts.