Williams to coach Dubois girls in addition to boysAugust 14, 2020
By JONATHAN SAXON
DUBOIS — Last season was a tough hike for the Northeast Dubois girls soccer team. The Jeeps absorbed a myriad of injuries that made it difficult to find their groove and finished 3-11-1. This season, the Jeeps boys coach, Clive Williams, will take over coaching duties for the girls team, and he’s confident that the players can turn last year’s trials into a successful fall.
“This season they’re more understanding,” said Williams. “The team has got some depth compared to last year. We’re very much trying to be more proactive as a coaching staff with the girls. We understand what we want to do and achieve.”
The Jeeps return a host of players, including seven seniors, for the fall, and Williams thinks they have the potential to be as good as the 2016 and 2017 squads. Seniors Adelle Fravell and Hali Nesbitt will be two of the big anchors for the Jeeps’ defense. Junior Lexi Freyberger was the team’s main offensive option last year, and sophomore Aubrey Hostetter also figures to be a scoring threat. Williams liked what he saw from Alexis Hawkins’ time in the net last year and thinks the sophomore will only grow in her goalkeeping abilities. Freshmen Landyn Rashce, Brooklyn Keifer and Kelli Merkel could also be on-field factors for the team. But beyond those names, Williams anticipates that more players will also step up and have an impact as the season goes on.
“I’m sure there’s going to be other players are going to be well improved and contributing more to the team,” he said.
Williams thinks the Jeeps will be an exciting team to watch and wants the players to focus on attacking their opponents’ net. He likes what he’s seen coming off of the players’ feet so far and envisions the Jeeps being able to attack from almost anywhere on the field.
“We have people who can shoot the ball,” he said. “We have a lot of opportunity, (but) we’re still in the practice stage of some of those things we want to do. But the goal by the end of the season is to be in a situation where we’re an exciting team to watch. We attack well, defend well and score goals.”
The major points Williams wants to impress on the team are strengthening their on-field communication and maintaining their shape integrity during games. But outside of Xs and Os, the coaching staff has been working on what they can do to encourage the players and boost their confidence so they can be the best version of themselves on the field.
“We talked about a system of encouragement,” said Williams. “It’s about the language that we use to say what we say so they don’t have a mindset to get down on themselves. It’s a different way of communicating with them and making them understand.”
Williams thinks the team can get back on the winning path as they start their season Monday against Evansville Day. It’s a process, but he thinks the players and coaches can come together to make it work.
“I want them to enjoy it and win,” said Williams. “That’s our first goal, a winning season. One step at a time, then we’ll look at sectional once we get there.”
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