• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

New JV soccer coach getting up to speed

ANNE-SPICER ADAMS, left, is enjoying her first season as JV coach for girls' soccer at Woodford County High School. Assistant coach Elena Hitch is shown at right. (Photo by Bill Caine)

First year JV girls' soccer coach Anne-Spicer Adams has hit the ground running this season. The 2012 Woodford County graduate and varsity player has grown in her first months as coach. "I've really enjoyed my new position thus far," said Adams. The transition into the position has been smooth. The girls and coaching staff have been very welcoming to me. I've enjoyed being able to intertwine my love for soccer and teaching (and) interacting with younger individuals. They make me learn a lot about the game and myself. I thoroughly enjoy being on the other side." Adams understands that with younger players the wins are nice, but the growth is the ultimate goal for this team. "The win against Mercer was a good one," said Adams. "We connected passes, we communicated, were aggressive defensively, we were first to the ball, and we were making proactive runs. This game was a reflection of the hard work we have put in so far. The JV Tomahawk Tournament that we just finished up did not go as planned, but we learned from our mistakes and executed on Wednesday against Mercer. I have high hopes and standards for the rest of the season." Leadership comes naturally for Adams. She played four years at Woodford County and then played for Hanover College and served as captain in her senior season. "It's difficult to pick out main leaders because most players have stepped up as leaders in many ways," said Adams "On the field, Abigail Wooten, Meagan Denton, and Isabella Sarrantonio, Laine Call, and Dorrah Martin have been our main leaders. Many others have stepped up to the plate as well." Adams plans to keep it simple going forward and enjoy the time learning about her team and helping them achieve both team and personal goals. "I expect hard work and improvement out of my players," said Adams. "I also want them to become confident on and off the ball and become soccer smart. Working together on the field is also high on my list. Ultimately, I want them to . develop into . soccer player(s) and enjoy the sport."

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