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Parkersburg’s Maddison Spears drib- bles with the ball during a high school soccer game last year.

PARKERSBURG – The Big Reds girls soccer team bounced back from a losing season to a winning season last fall. Going 12-9-2 that including beating Cabell Midland in the MSAC third-place game, before bowing out to Parkersburg South in sectionals. It wasn’t easy for Parkersburg and now third-year head coach Brad Morris, having multiple players miss time or the season with an injury.

Losing Bethany Meeks (moved away) and Sarah Mosie (injury suffered late last season) will hurt the Big Reds, but Morris’ squad will see an experienced core of players returning and players coming back healthy.

One of the leaders of the team is class AAA honorable mention and MSAC first team senior captain striker Maddison Spears, who can put in the back of the net in a hurry and often. She will be joined by other senior captains Jennifer Morris and Brayden McNickle, who was named MSAC second team defender as a junior.

“I’m really excited about this. we have a couple couple girls returned from injury, a huge part of offense is that Kendall Dominic coming back, that’s going to be a huge turnaround. Plus the majority of our juniors coming back are now seniors,” Morris said. “I think we have a solid team, we are still relatively young, especially with us losing the seniors to you know, one moving and other with an injury. However we have a lot of talent and we also have a couple key freshmen that are coming in that I think are going to get to see some good field time and, and really develop for our team. What I’ve been telling the girls to do this season. I know it sounds cliche, but play every game like it could be your last because if there’s any season that it really could be it’s going to be one with everything that’s going on surrounding it. Just go out, work your butt off and enjoy yourself.”

Junior Isabel Lynch will return for her second-year in between the sticks and her backup will be Hailee Merritt.

Defenders will be McNickle, Jennifer Morris, Audrey Campbell, and Emily Kammerer. Morris is a utility player for the Big Reds and can play all over the field in multiple positions.

Losing two starters in Leggett and Meeks, the middle of the field will be handled by newcomers Lauren MacDonald will be in mid-field as well as Jenna Carpenter and Annie Mildren return after starting in games later in the season. Back from injury that cost her sophomore year, Kendall Dominic will see time as an attacking midfielder. Peyton Harvey will also see time in the mid-field.

And on top will be Spears, coach Morris expects Spears to draw in the opposing teams defenders and allow her Big Red teammates to capitalize.

“I think Madison is gonna be huge for our team. She’s always works hard. She is just a little bulldog on the field. She knows how to scrap and get what she wants,” Morris said. “She’s definitely going to be pulling defenders her way to clear up some space for some other players to so I’m just really excited to see how they all progressed this year.”

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