By Luke Wiggs, Panhandle News Network Sports
Charles Town, W.Va. – 15 years as head coach for the Washington girl’s soccer team has netted tremendous success for Tim Michael. The Patriots have had just a single losing season since 2013 when they were the state runner-up.
2021 saw Washington finish 13-6 with their season ended by fellow EPAC opponent Spring Mills in the postseason.
“It was a lot of growing.” Michael said about last season. “We had some really good games and some games that looked like we hadn’t touched a soccer ball, but steady progression throughout.”
“We were very good defensively.” Michael said about his squad that posted 10 clean sheets. Despite losing senior Hannah Hill, who is currently playing her college ball at Glenville State, the Patriots have a healthy returning group in the back line.
Erica Schnable and Emily Hamilton both look to compete for minutes between the sticks for a club that allowed less than a goal per game last year.
Offensive firepower will continue to be a staple for Washington. The Patriots averaged 2.89 goals per game and have a number of potential scorers on the roster.
“It’s going to be by committee. “ Michael said. “I’ve got Chloe (Miller) who was my leading scorer last year, I’ve also got some young kids who are in the mix to be up there like Jurnee Vrobel, Amanda Taylor, and Sarah Word, I’ve got some scorers.”
Washington begins their 2022 campaign on August 19th, home against George Washington.