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Triton Central's Cierra Jenks dribbles the ball up the sideline during a regional match last season.
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The Triton Central girls' soccer team celebrates after winning a regional title last seaon. The Tigers reached the Final Four in their class one year ago.

By KATRINA BRANSON - kbranson@shelbynews.com

FAIRLAND – Last year the Triton Central girls' soccer team made history. The Tigers advanced to the Final Four in their class for the first time in school history, finishing the season 14-7-1 with a 5-2 record in the Indiana Crossroads Conference.

This season the goals are still high, but some familiar faces will no longer be around. Rachel Dewey graduated and will continue her soccer career at Xavier University. Dewey ended her career with the Tigers scoring six goals in the last four games. With a goal and an assist in each of their regional contests last season, Dewey will be tough to replace.

The team also lost Abi Eck, Corissa Horton, Tara Lawver and Taylor Berry to graduation. All had a presence on the field, whether it was in scoring or in leadership.

Horton led the team last season with 22 goals and 10 assists. Berry served as TC's goalie and finished with 146 saves in 22 games played. She averaged 6.6 saves per game.

“We're definitely going to miss the senior class that graduated,” said head coach Matt Roberts. “We'll have girls step up, though. Last year with that class we were able to dominate the midfield. This season we may have to switch things up.”

Stepping up this season for the Tigers will be seniors Alexis Bass and Madison Hartman, according to coach Roberts. High-scoring junior Sarah Hahn is also back. 

“I think Bass and Hartman will both have good leadership for us,” Roberts said. “Also, Sarah Hahn didn't get to play last year, but she's back and looking good on the field – it's good to have her back. Jessica McKee also was able to play a lot of minutes as a freshman last year, and I think she'll be great for us this year.”

This year, with a younger team, TC's goal is simple – to get better.

“We do want to get better every day,” said Roberts. “We just want to get to be the best that we can be. Conference is always a goal. We are definitely mostly a younger team this season.”

One thing the Tigers will have to work on, according to Roberts, is playing the ball through the midfield.

“We have to play the ball through the midfield to set up the attack,” he said. “We're working on our overall skills and getting on field chemistry with one another. We had a good week of practice. We're having fun and a lot of players are showing that they belong on the field.”

Triton Central's first contest will be Aug. 13 against Knightstown. The team then travels to New Palestine on Aug. 15.

“When we scrimmage, I hope we learn some things that we can carry onto our first match of the season,” said Roberts. “I hope we can see the ball well. Hopefully, we can get into attack mode.”

Katrina Branson is a Sports writer for The Shelbyville News. Follow Katrina on Twitter @k_b527.

 

Triton Central Tigers

2017 Record: 14-7-1, 5-2 in ICC

Returning Players: Alexis Bass, Madison Hartman, Sarah Hahn, Jessica McKee, Cierra Jenks.

Key Losses: Rachel Dewey, Corissa Horton, Abi Eck, Taylor Berry, Tara Lawver.