The Arlington girls soccer team is back on the field and getting ready for another strong season.
During last year's regular season the Eagles finished near the middle of the pack with a division record of 6-7-1 and an overall record of 9-10-1. They had a strong postseason run as they went 2-2 in the 3A District Playoffs and were one match away from competing in the State Tournament. Arlington is looking to come back with more experience this season as they only lost two seniors off of their varsity roster.
“The girls worked pretty hard throughout the summer, playing out here at the school and in their own club teams. They’ve come back better, stronger, and you can tell they are just understanding everything at a higher level,” said Arlington Head Coach Nathan Davis.
This season the Eagles will come in with a strong group of upperclassmen including six seniors and six juniors from last year’s varsity roster.
On the defensive end, Arlington will be led by Grace Bynum, Alexis Baldwin and Lexi Miller-Wood. Bynum, senior defender, is coming into the season as the Eagles’ team captain and will be one of the vocal leaders on the field. Baldwin, junior center-back, will be looked at as the center of the Eagles' defense on her first year at the varsity level. Miller-Wood, sophomore goalkeeper, had five shutout victories as a freshman and will look to organize a strong Arlington defense.
For their offense, the Eagles will rely on their junior duo of Jordan Bartlow and Jersey Heiss. Bartlow, mid, will be looked at to take over for last year’s starter Hannah Hiester and control the offense. Heiss, forward, comes into the season as Arlington’s best scoring option and is expected to add to the scoreboard all year.
“We have some strong and experienced attacking players coming back that can put the ball in the net, and they press hard. On the other side, we’re still developing our team defense because I feel like we gave up too many goals last season. We’re just getting back on the same page right now and we’ll be ready,” said Coach Davis.
Your first opportunity to come out and support the Eagles at home will be against the Mount Vernon Bulldogs on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m.