Lely soccer coach Tony Smith completed his first year with a winning record and bright hopes for the next season. Here are his remarks.
On Saturday the girls soccer banquet was held at Vandy’s Restaurant to celebrate the season and give out the awards for the Varsity team.
Top Goal scorer - 15 goals - Jessica Andrade, freshman, striking mid.
Runner up - 13 goals - Jenna Lundquist, junior, center forward.
Best Goal - Jordin Giles, sophomore, center back, 40 yard boot against Barron Collier.
Best Defender - Captain Justine Giles, senior, full back.
Most Aggressive - Nuria Ferreira, junior, left back, - she is so tough !
Best Attendance - Dulce Olalde, senior, right back and sophomore Lexie Lundquist, forward mid.
Most Assists - Jennifer Carter, freshman, right forward, - no-one came close to the number of assists than this young lady . What a great team member and a pleasure to coach !
And the big three trophies:
Most improved, voted by the team – Coleen Evely, sophomore, defender. From one year ago this young lady has been unbelievable, always willing to learn, the life and soul of the team and always a joke and a smile!
MVP, voted by the team - Justine Giles. Runners up were second place, Jenna Lundquist, third place, Jennifer Carter.
The Coaches Trophy - Jenna Lundquist.
This trophy is for all around respect, commitment, team work, attendance, popularity and MVP votes.
Jenna is a natural leader and will be in the running for next year’s captain’s band. She always implements learns in practice and is completely on board with the coach’s style of play. Always willing to help others and has respect for herself and her teammates. She brings good energy to the team and she’s been instrumental in the success of such a young squad.
My first year as head coach has been a great learning curve. Although we had terrible luck with injuries, players moving out of state and a game or two cancelled, I’m happy with our stats this season . Considering we’re such a young team, with eight freshman at the district tournament and only four seniors, we have done very well .
My focus next year will be to bond more as a team, work on our finishing to score more goals. We also need to learn how to play the stronger teams and beat them.