As the launch of the 2012 soccer season for the Glen Este Lady Trojans approaches, hope springs eternal. Glen Este is entering their first year and first season in the new upstart Eastern Cincinnati Conference and head coach Meghan Redmond is ready to get her first full year of coaching under her belt.
“I was the assistant coach last year and took over the head coaching duties midway through the season when the head coach resigned,” Redmond explained.
Being in charge is nothing new for Redmond. Playing select soccer growing up, she didn’t pursue the sport during her time at Glen Este.
Instead, Redmond played volleyball for the Lady Trojans and went on to attend college at Eastern Kentucky University. During her stint in Richmond, Redmond got the itch to play competitive soccer once again.
“I played club soccer for EKU’s women’s team coached out there for a select boys team,” Redmond said.
She went on to serve as the club’s vice president and took over as president before moving back to her alma mater to coach the girls’ team.
While the Lady Trojans had their struggles last year, finishing the season 3-12-1 and 1-6-1 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference, Redmond and the Lady Trojans expect to do better in 2012 with a year of experience in their rearview mirrors.
“We had a very young team last year,” Redmond said. “And with it being pay-to-play, we only had 14 players on the team, so it wasn’t very successful.”
The Lady Trojans only lost two players to graduation, Kelly Banfill and Kristyn Bohanan, both defenders.
Things are looking up for this season, however, returning key players from a year ago and entering a new conference.
“We have numerous very talented players returning as well as a couple new players (that can make an impact),” Redmond said.
Leading that group of returning players are All-FAVC selections Morgan Terry, Maddi Velten and Shannon Foxton.
Terry, a First Team all-conference honoree last year, will be a junior in 2012 and Redmond is look to her to anchor the defense and be a leader on the field.
“I’m looking for (Terry) to lead as a speaking captain on the field and we want to utilize her as a defensive player to strengthen our defense,” the coach said.
With Terry holding down the back line as a solid defensive presence, Redmond expects Velten to put some pressure on opposing defenses along with Shannon Foxton.
Marking the first season of existence for the ECC, Redmond doesn’t expect much to be different in terms of adjustment to the new conference. Each of the six other schools that make up the Eastern Cincinnati Conference hail from the FAVC, so their schedule may look similar, but traveling time and costs will be cut significantly, a key reason for the advent of the new conference.
“I expect us to have more of a winning season,” Redmond said. “With the new ECC, I think we should be able to win at least half of our conference games.”
The Lady Trojans begin their season against now nonconference rival Harrison at Harrison on Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. Their first conference game will be at Loveland on Aug. 28.