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March 25, 2014

LADY HORNETS SOCCER — Communication is key to success for Huntsville in playoff game

HUNTSVILLE — The Lady Hornets are quite the confident bunch.

The seniors believe that when Huntsville’s girls are playing their best soccer, just about any team is at their mercy.

So that’s the attitude they are taking into today’s bi-district playoff game against Tomball Memorial, the first held at Huntsville’s new turf field, which was completed last fall.

Tomball Memorial has bigger players in stature, but it’s the heart the Lady Hornets play with that have them supremely confident going into the playoff matchup at 5 p.m.

“At the beginning of the year, we had a lot to work on but we’ve come a very, very long way,” senior Cassidy Conroy said. “I think communication is key and that’s something we’ve continued to work on. We’re a very strong team. When we put all of our heart into it, there’s no team that can stop us.

“We’re a very strong team physically and emotionally. When we invest everything we have into the game, we can conquer any team.”

Huntsville isn’t just banking on the force of will.

The Lady Hornets feel like they’ve prepared adequately to give a strong performance today.

Conroy  and fellow senior Jacy Mathis joked of perhaps stalking Tomball Memorial a bit to check out their tendencies.

Coaches usually just call it scouting.

Huntsville imitated Tomball Memorial’s playing style by scrimmaging the boys junior varsity team at Monday’s practice.

“We know there’s going to be quite a few long balls they’re going to play and they have a few big players,” Mathis said. “They like to cross it a lot so that’s just what we’ve been working on.”

The Lady Hornets are also excited to show off the new field, remembering a time when no one wanted to play at Huntsville due to the field conditions.

New turf was added over the summer and completed in the fall for the lower football level  and all soccer teams.

“We got a complete makeover,” Mathis said. “Nobody ever wanted to come here, even in district games. It’s amazing we can actually host a playoff game now.”

The girls game will be followed with the boys facing Tomball at 7 p.m.

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