JORDAN MURPHY is one of 13 players returning to the varsity girls’ soccer field for Kennett this fall. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
August 20, 2012NORTH CONWAY — While the wins weren't there for the Kennett soccer girls last year, the team had some talent and as she moves up from the JV program, new coach Courtney Turchan is happy to have much of that talent back for a new season.
Turchan was the JV coach for the last two seasons and will be moving up to the varsity this season, where she will work with fellow Kennett employee John Allen on the sidelines. She has been pleased with the communication as the season gets under way.
"The communication has been great," she said. "And on day one, we looked at fundamentals and skills to see what we've got, to see what we're working with."
Turchan is well aware that moving up to the varsity level means things move at a quicker pace and she has no problem adjusting her coaching style to fit the new level of play.
"I'd like to make things more intense than the JV level," Turchan said. "I expect more from the girls at this level.
"I have a lot of goals for this season," she continued. "And it was easy to make goals knowing the players for the last few years."
While she did coach the JV team the last few years and saw some of the kids on this year's varsity team, she also spent time on the varsity sidelines with coach Jess Lawson the last few years, meaning she is plenty familiar with the players.
"I've got a lot of simple goals," she said. "I want the girls to get a lot of this season.
"It's definitely been a challenge, but we've got a lot of good things going," she added.
One good thing that Turchan can look forward to is the numbers game, as Kennett girls' soccer is looking at a total of 38 girls between the two teams, including 13 players returning to the varsity level.
For a program that has struggled with numbers over the last few years, the 38 kids signed up for the team is a good sign for Turchan.
"We should have a great JV program, which is awesome for us in the long run," the new coach said. "It will help us build."
The Eagles will be returning Shelby Hill to the field and she will spend her senior season in the net.
"We're expecting a lot from her," Turchan said. "We expect her to step up."
Libby Karabelas, Jordan Murphy, Abby Miller and Lauren White will also be returning to the field and Turchan points to their good communication and vocal skills.
"They're all good kids that are going to work hard," Turchan noted. "They've done anything and everything I've asked and shown great commitment."
She was quick to point out that the fact that the kids knew her certainly helped opening the season.
"They know I want success," she said.
Turchan started playing soccer at age six and has played ever since and noted that even now she is still learning about the game, having just returned from a coach's clinic.
"I continue to enjoy it and I continue to learn," she said.
The season begins on Friday, Aug. 24, when the Eagles travel to Merrimack Valley for a 2 p.m. contest. They play again on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 4:30 p.m. against Hanover for the first home game of the season. The schedule also includes a pair of games each with rivals Kingswood and Plymouth, plus a pair with Oyster River and Merrimack Valley, as well as single games with Alvirne, Windham, Coe-Brown, Manchester West, Trinity, Souhegan and Goffstown.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126