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Lady Devils trying new formation

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 1:55 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, April 4, 2014 1:57 p.m. CST

The Hall Lady Devils soccer team may have small numbers with just 12 players, but it does have six returning seniors and three promising freshmen to build with on the pitch this spring.

They got off to a good start for its fourth season of varsity competition with a 4-0 win Tuesday over DePue.

Hall coach Darcy Earley said she is looking for seniors Brittany Gonzalez, Danielle Seibert, Hope Connor, Maria Villalobos, Rebecca Schmidt and Vanessa Olivares to not only lead by example and hard work, but with smart play. That will be crucial as the Lady Devils go with a new formation this year away from the traditional 4-4-2 alignment to boost their offense and control the ball more.

“We have small numbers this year, and we really need to get more shots on goal per game and work on keeping possession of the ball,” Earley said. “We have been focusing on technique and form both offensively and defensively.”

Gonzalez will be goalkeeping this year and Connor has been moved to midfield to help run the field from the center mid.

Sophomore Savannah Regalado will be the back up keeper but will start next to Villalobos as a defender. Earley said both work very well together and have good legs to pass up to their midfielders on stops and steals. Sophomore Ana Castro-Yanez and Seibert will be the other defenders.

Sophomore Alicyn Olson scored two goals in the season opener, and Earley said she can tell Olson has been working on her game in the off-season.

Freshmen Emily Wines (MF), Ashley Choate (MF/F) and Nancy Villalobos (MF/F) are also be counted on to give the Lady Devils a big boost.

“Communication and patience will be key for this team. They will need to talk to each other on the field at all times and be patient with their offense to let things open up for them and to see the field,” Earley said.

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