Like the rest of the spring sports at Jones Counts the soccer programs are getting back to doing what they were in the midst of last spring before the season was cut short about halfway through - being able to compete.
As a result of the onset of COVID-19, both the Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds had their seasons cut short, ending the high school careers of seniors and amounting to a ‘to be continued’ for the rest of the players.
That time to be continued is now.
Both seasons are underway. The Lady Greyhounds got things started last week in Lamar Couty’s tournament, falling 1-0 to Pike County, blanking Harris County 3-0 and falling 5-0 to Trinity Christian Sharpsburg.
The Lady Greyhounds are tasked with replacing seven seniors from a year ago, forcing a lot of trying out different players at various positions on the field. The other side of the experience coin lines in Maggie Glover and Molly Keenum. Both are not only four-year starters, but also bring big-game experience from being part of the Lady Greyhounds state softball title last fall.
They’ve received praise from head coach Mikayla Greene for their on-field play in addition to leading younger players along.
Keenum, listed as one of the team’s two goalies, is also joined in goal by another softball teammate, Taylor Trefelner. Others comprising the Lady Greyhounds lineup, both on the field and providing depth are Rebecca Brown, Trinity DuLong, Lillian McGalliard, Emily Brenneman, Cheyanne, Davis, Madison Gordon, Megan Hamilton, Reagan Hicks, Maeleigh Price, Erica Rowland, Raegan Wright, Rylie Faulk, Madleen Schwab, Taylor Nipper and Shayla Pennington.
As for the Greyhounds, their roster consists of Ethan Kitchens and Sidney Gordon expected to anchor things in goal. Others on the roster include Shawn Huckabee, Brendon Waters, Kolby Knowles, Ben Schuford, Levi Skinner, Kaden Berta, Noah Smith, Dylan Phillips, Cade Jenkins, Nathan Corrigan, Bo Hunter, Zane Baker, Justin Flippen, Trevin Baxter, Jose Saucillo and Ben Walton.
The Greyhounds are looking ahead as well following a pair of losses in Lamar County to kick off play, dropping a 6-1 decision to Pike County and 7-0 to Harris County.
Both teams host Baldwin on Feb. 18 with the girls JV hosting Crawford County on Feb. 19.