Playing a team not quite as talented as the Lady Cougars, head coach David Huynh said his girls began finishing the ball in the last third of the field, something they needed to improve on.
“The practice before we implemented some new offensive elements and we saw them in the game,” said Huynh.
Alexander has won four of their last five games in which Huynh said they played “well organized defense” and were able to stay compact and move the ball.
Huynh noted that this season, his seniors — captain and center midfielder Madison Seese, defender Hanna Fowler, outside midfielder Amber Jent, captain and forward Katherine Lackey and captain and defender Noelle Welch — “really stepped up” for their last year.
Two other players Huynh mentioned were his sophomore goalies Rachel Ash and Megan Rinehart.
“We have two very experienced goalies. On the offseason they are constantly working to enhance their skills,” Huynh said.
Both Ash and Rinehart played on varsity as freshmen and currently split the time during the games evenly, as Huynh said they are both too good for him to choose just one.
Just returning from spring break, the girls were able to get some rest, something Huynh said is necessary for the rest of the season to go well.
“Spring break is the one week they get to mentally and physically recuperate. It’s all mental and physical from here on out,” said Huynh.
The last five games are non-region, but according to Huynh, four of the five are “really good” teams and will make his team better going into the playoffs.
“Everyone in the playoffs expects an OK first round. It’s the most difficult in the second round. That’s when you start to see the ranked teams,” Huynh said.
While winning the state championship is the main goal, Huynh said if they don’t win he wants the girls to walk away “knowing they gave it everything they could to try to win.”