BELLVILLE — The girls soccer season at Clear Fork High School has barely started, but already injuries are part of this team’s story.
Coach Brittany Bechtel, coach of the Lady Colts since 2006, has already lost some talent due to injuries, but her team is carrying on.
“We are a strong unified team,” Bechtel said. “That what makes us well-rounded. We have impact players in every position on the field who provide the ability to either help the team score or keep it out of the net. We also have depth coming off the bench.”
Clear Fork returns 10 players from last year’s squad, which went 13-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the Colts’ final season in the Ohio Cardinal Conference.
“However, of those 10, we have some season ending injuries that have occurred in our off season,” Bechtel said.
Still, she is confident in the program that has taken shape at Clear Fork.
“I’m excited about the potential of this year’s team,” she said. “I’m enjoying the chemistry/cohesiveness, commitment, hard work, and attitudes of this year’s squad.
“They are ‘Chasing The Dream’ — TOGETHER , UNITED AS ONE — which is every coach’s’ dream,” she said. “They continue to work and grow in the game they love, while facing many life lessons as they journey down the road of being a Lady Colts soccer player.”
The key to the Lady Colts’ recent success is hard work.
“Perseverance provides promise,” Bechtel said.
This year the Colts have joined the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference and the squad’s goal is to challenge for a league championship and to get ready for a successful run in the tournament.
Last year, the Colts’ season ended in the district championship game, with an overtime loss to Ontario.
As far as life in the MOAC, the Colts’ coach is still trying to assess the competition.
“We’ll have to wait and see if there is an impact,” she said. “Currently, we are playing most of the same teams from the OCC.”
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