Moore Haven girls soccer team ready for new season in new district

Moore Haven Terriers

Moore Haven Junior Senior High School’s girls soccer team has a new district and a new direction this year. Coach Amie Hoch begins her third year at the helm and has seen the team show a little improvement each of the first two years. She hopes to increase that improvement this year. The first year Moore Haven won two games and last year they won six matches.

The new district this year includes Canterbury, St. John Neumann, Community School of Naples, Seacreast Country Day, Marco Island Academy, Southwest Florida Christian and First Baptist of Naples. Key Lady Terriers players include Shannon Garrett, the senior goal keeper; and Maria Galvan, a key defensive player.

Coach Hoch came to Moore Haven from New Jersey. She attended college at Kean University and earned a Master’s in physical education from the University of South Florida. She also played field hockey and lacrosse during her playing days. She vacationed at her parent’s beach house and decided that Florida was the place for her. She has high hopes for continued improvement of the program, “I definitely think we will improve our record and the amount of wins. I will continue to build a solid program.” Hoch said she knew it might be a big job when she began but that didn’t discourage her. “The program came from absolutely nothing. We are slowly getting better and making a program out of this.” The Lady Terriers’ strengths will be in goal and on defense. She noted due to a lack of offense, the defense gets a lot of action. She tries to place her most aggressive players on defense. Hoch said a lot of the team’s improvement will depend on goal scoring and the amount of pressure they can put on the opponents net this year. “I really want to take our offense and scoring to the next level. I want to improve the player’s knowledge of the game and the vision they have on the field. I think it will all click one day.” The home opener is scheduled for Nov. 7 against Evangelical Christian at 5 p.m.

Other home games of note scheduled are Marco Island Academy Nov. 10, Seacrest Country Day on Nov. 11, Pahokee on Jan. 5 and LaBelle on Jan. 9.

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