Eagles Have Third Head Coach In Three Years
It’s out with the old and in with the new as new Magnolia Girls’ Soccer Head Coach Kandi Loy steps in this season to replace Bruce Crawford.
Loy, a 2005 graduate of Magnolia, played soccer for the Lady Eagles under Crawford and is excited to take on a different role.
Magnolia lost the sectional final to Wheeling Central a season ago and Loy wants to take her team back to finish the job. The Eagles’ leading scorer and offensive MVP, sophomore Dallas Mullet, returns for another go-around. So does the defensive MVP, Kayla Robinson, as well as the team’s overall MVP, Brittany Leek.
Then put Alli Childers in between the nets, along with outstanding defenders Ashley Villers and Nicole Schoolcraft, and the Blue Eagles could have a nice season.
Other returnees include Gabby Hostutler, Hillary Malec, and Kari Forester. Hostutler started most of the games last season playing midfield defense and was the team’s backup keeper. Meanwhile, Forester started and played sweeper and some at the MF position.
Malec, who came off the bench to play defense and wing, should give Loy some experience.
Only two players were lost to graduation, Sarah Culley and Emily Irazarry. Both Culley and Irazarry were three-year letter-winners.
The rest of the team will consist of Sydney Smith, Meghan Veyon, Robyn Daugherty, Brittany Carr, Bethany McIntosh, Richelle Spurlock, and foreign exchange student Stina Petterson.
Smith has played in the New Martinsville Recreation League and has loads of talent. Spurlock played a couple years ago and should give the Eagles another good forward to mix in with Leek and Mullett.
Petterson has played the game and has good experience at midfield. The rest of the team will fill in nicely and could give the Eagles some talented players to fill in and compete with the returnees.
Also, just in from Michigan is freshman Brittany Cudaback
Helping Loy this year is Assistant Coach Heidi Johnson, who, like Loy, played soccer in high school in Washington, Pa., and the manager is Quinton Graham.