The Moore American

April 3, 2013

Lady Cats are rolling over foes on the pitch

By Michael Kinney
The Moore American

MOORE — The Southmoore girls soccer tram has gotten off to a quick start to the season. It enters this week with a 5-1 record and winners of five straight after losing to No. 2 Norman North in opener.

SaberCat’s coach Katy Swartzendruber likes what she has been seeing from her squad.

“We are playing pretty well as a team right now,” Swartzendruber said. “We still have some things to improve on but we are getting better as a team all the time. Since the opener we have had a lot of success moving the ball around and finding the space in behind the defense which has led to scoring opportunities and has taken some of the pressure off of our defense.”

The Cats won the Pride on the Pitch last week with three shutout victories over No. 19 Putnam City, No. 7 Northwest Classen and No. 9 Moore. They outscored their opponents 16-0.

“Three shutouts for us during the tournament were huge for our confidence,” Swartzendruber said. “Our defense is really stepping up their level of play. They are all very physical and strong and they are becoming more confident moving the ball around in the back and they are able to possess the ball and make good passes into our midfield which is very important to the success of our team.”

Southmoore has been led by senior Kenzi Bice, who has four goals and three assists. Junior Hannah Robinson has racked up six goals and two assists. The teams has also gotten strong defensive play from senior Sheyna Routon.

The Cats schedule will start to pick up in strength over the next couple of weeks. They have contests against No. 4 Edmond North, Yukon, No. 8 Norman and Edmond Santa Fe. Lady Cats

“Our strength is having a group of girls that really enjoy playing with each other and really enjoy playing the game,” Swartzendruber said. “We have very competitive practices which help us prepare for games. We also have smart, athletic players that really understand how to play the game.”

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