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July 13, 2013

Bryant era underway for Lady Hatchets

WASHINGTON — While it is usually true that a team must score to win, it is also often true that defense wins championships.

Newly named Washington girls soccer coach Stacy Bryant is not new to the program. He has coached several years.

And while he expects the 2013 girls soccer team at Washington to have plenty of offense, he believes his new team will also have to understand the defensive end of the pitch.

“I think we will play high-pressure defense,” Bryant said. “That may be more risky, but a lot of the girls have played this way with me before. I feel we will have a good system that supports us very well. We will concentrate on defense, playing smarter and using our skill players. We don’t have defensive and offensive crews like, in football. I will be focused on the back line because we¹ve lost some people there. That’s a key. When we start, I’ll be looking for the girls who are sponges for defensive technique, attitude and tactics.”

Bryant believes the team has optimism entering the year, after reaching the sectional final last fall before falling to host Castle, 4-0. And while Bryant has basic objectives that he wants to see, he is far from forming final opinions.

“I really don’t have cemented ideas about the team yet,” Bryant said. “I know a lot of the girls, but people change, bodies change. It’s a little early yet, but I think we have the people to do well. I’m eager to get started.”

He also had the chance to see several of his players come through the Washington Soccer Federation where he started his coaching career. That 14-plus year career has also included work in the junior high program at Washington and Washington Catholic, as well as different travel teams and working with people involved with Olympic programs.

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