By Chris Parsons
CORBIN — The Corbin Lady Redhounds soccer team lost a huge chunk of offense with the departure of last year’s seniors.
Corbin head coach Eric Steely admitted that he’s spent a considerable amount of time in the offseason thinking about how he’s going to make up for that lost offense.
With his team’s preseason practices now underway and after seeing his players at work, Steely said he’s happy to get back to work and he isn’t as concerned as he thought he would be at this point.
“It’s always exciting in the beginning, especially after losing a large senior class, which we did after last season, “Steely said. “Obviously you have to make a lot of changes and there are so many opportunities for girls to step up and try to win a starting position.
“It’s really going to be a completely different team because we graduated six starters last year,” he added. “It’s exciting to see the kids come in and get to work. We’ve already been to camp so I have an idea of what I have to work with, so we’re looking forward to this season.”
The Lady Redhounds finished the season tied for the most wins in the 13th Region, but the competition for that title was scarce. Corbin (15-5-2) and South Laurel (15-7-1) were the only two teams in the region to finish the season with winning records. North Laurel was next on the list with seven wins.
Corbin picked up a win over North Laurel in the 49th District Tournament before falling to South Laurel (3-0) in the district finals. A win over Middlesboro in the region tournament meant another matchup between Steely’s squad and the Lady Cardinals. The results weren’t any different other than the 6-0 score as Corbin’s season came to an end.
Fast forward to this season and one thing Steely said he thinks will make his team better is the strength of schedule. Corbin has added games against Grainger County, Tenn., Bourbon County, John Hardin, Mercer County, Thomas Nelson and Montgomery County.
Steely said he is trying to stick with what seems to be the trend of playing better quality teams to help make his team better in the long run.
“We have a lot of different teams on our schedule and some more competitive teams,” Steely said. “We’re traveling a little bit more, but sometimes you have to if you want to face better opponents.
“If you play teams that aren’t very good it doesn’t bring very much out of you,” he added.
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THE WAY IT IS: The times, they are a changing
The times, they are a changing — especially in the Tri-County high school sports scene.
The Tri-County Sports Authority youth football league, which usually fields in the neighborhood of 200 players, is about to get a little more crowded this season.
THE WAY IT IS: Football is in the air in the Tri-County
These cool summer days are reminding me of the cool football Friday nights of September and October, and with that said, these cooler temperatures have me in the mood of writing about things to come for our local football teams in the Tri-County.
It’s never too early to talk about what games will be the big ones for the Tri-County high school football fans to watch this upcoming season. I’ve tried to narrow my list down to 10 games, but honestly, it really wasn’t easy to do — but I did manage to do it.
Let’s just say things should be very entertaining, and interesting, for you the fan this season.
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