Lady Scoopers soccer team looks to improve

Sturgis Brown’s Kylee Bennett, right, maneuvers the ball around a Rapid City Central Lady Cobbler player during a 2018 soccer match at Sioux Park, in Rapid City. Pioneer file photo 

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STURGIS — The Sturgis Brown High School girls’ soccer teams looks to build on last year’s successes and are excited about the upcoming season. 

Adam Fitzpatrick, the Lady Scoopers head coach, is in his sixth year as head coach, and he commented on the outlook for this season. 

“If we can mesh our youth with our returning players then I feel that we could repeat the success we had last year,” said Fitzpatrick. 

The Lady Scoopers record for the 2018 season was 9-4-1, and they will continue to concentrate on playing team defense, like they did last year. 

The Lady Scoopers will have six returning players that are now seniors: Avery Bunch, Autumn Cassen, Maggie Reeve, Breezy Paul, Mairen McGrath, and Glory Christianson.

Fitzpatrick talked about the conference and how the Lady Scoopers look in the preseason. 

“The conference will be a tough one to navigate, all the teams have great coaches and players which makes it anyone’s to win,” he added. 

“This season we lost quite a few seniors, which will be a lot to make up for. But we have a lot of younger players who are stepping up and filling those spots,” said Glory Christensen, senior athlete. “We are hoping to keep our conference title for a second year, and just hoping to all get closer and really have fun this year.”

Fitzpatrick commented about the performance last year: 

“Last year was great for us. We won the Black Hills Conference and was a nine seed in state, losing in the first round of the play offs to Sioux falls in a hard fought game 2-0,” said Fitzpatrick. “We were super excited at our outcome last year, we made the playoffs for the first time and more importantly came together as a team,” 

The Lady Scoopers will be without some key seniors from the 2018 team; Jordan Burge, Gwen Simmons, Madison Johnson, Karissa Munger and Abby Aberle.

“We lost five seniors from last year which makes us a young team once again,” Fitzpatrick said.  

 Sturgis Brown will open its 2019 high school soccer season today when travel to Mitchell, and on Saturday they travel to Huron.  

“Mitchell is always a good test for our team, they are well coached and have some very talented players,” said Fitzpatrick.

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