The Oak Hill Golden Eagles, heading into last season, were a young, but inexperienced group, working hard to not only improve their own skill sets, but learning how to work alongside one another in a cohesive manner.
But by the end of the season, the Golden Eagles were playing like veterans, characterized by strong defense and a group of ever-improving offensive weapons.
In all, Oak Hill finished with nine wins, and despite an early end to the season, they have a group that could be successful once again in 2019.
The Golden Eagles head into the new campaign with a new head coach, but he is someone that is very familiar with the Oak Hill soccer program. Alex Kenworthy, after several seasons as the assistant coach under Katelyn Durrwachter, was promoted to head coach, inheriting a talented roster.
Oak Hill top two scorers from last year – Carlee Biddle and Tegan Phillips – will once again look to lead the offense in 2019. Biddle led the Golden Eagles with 15 goals a season ago, while Phillips was second on the group with 12. The two sophomores, now juniors, exhibited exciting chemistry on the fieldm and that chemistry is expected to be even better in 2019.
The Golden Eagles’ losses came mostly on the defensive end, as both Lizzie Wood and Elizabeth McDivitt, Oak Hill’s sturdiest and strongest defenders, graduated. However, Oak Hill also returned a lot of talent on the back end, including Sarah Tucci and Lauren Belcher, who will look to fill those voids in 2019.
In his first offseason as the top guy, Kenworthy did not establish any kind of rigorous training program. Rather, he and the Golden Eagles got back to the fundamentals, working on dribbling, footwork, passing, and shooting.
“[I wanted them] to relax and enjoy the summer,” Kenworthy said. “[But] I encouraged them to stay in shape and develop their foot skills.”
Throughout the offseason, Kenworthy has been pleased with the progress of every girl who has taken part. While he is still sorting out lineups and positions, Kenworthy is excited about all the ability he has at his disposal.
“We have many talented girls who’ve showed up over the summertime,” Kenworthy said. “One of our team goals will be to have dangerous combinations all over the field, so it will be fun seeing how they compete in both practice and games to earn playing time. Everything is currently wide open.”
Heading into 2019, Kenworthy is ready for the challenges of being a head coach and is looking forward to leading the Golden Eagles into battle each and every night.
“During [the] summer workouts, everyone stood out because we [were having] a lot of fun,” Kenworthy said. …[so] I look forward to seeing who steps up.”