Cougar girls aim at another title
By TODD HVEEM
Cy Creek girls' soccer coach Kathy Fling was thrilled when the University Interscholastic League decided to let high school teams start practicing right after Thanksgiving a few years ago.
But at Cy Creek, most of the players never stop practicing. If they aren't playing school soccer, they are playing for various club teams.
Half my team just went to Miami for a (Challenge) club tournament,'' said Fling. If they aren't with us (at the high school), they are with their club teams.''
And that is why Cy Creek, which won the District 15-5A title a year ago, should be the favorite to repeat as conference champions in 2010.
The Cougars missed going to the state tournament by one goal in 2009 after losing to The Woodlands 2-1 in the Region II-5A finals.
That was a tough loss,'' said Fling, who guided her club to a 24-2-2 mark in 2009. But it gives us something to shoot for this season.''
Cy Creek will open the season in The Woodlands tournament today, Friday and Saturday. It also will play in the Katy tournament and take on Clear Lake, College Park and Seven Lakes in non-district matches.
We lost four starters from last year's team,'' Fling said, but we have some good players waiting to step in.''
Goalie Michelle Klosf, who came up huge in the regional championship loss to The Woodlands, is headed to Baylor to play college soccer.
She really saved us in the regional finals last year,'' Fling said. She just does a fabulous job in the net.''
Fling also is expecting big things from defenders Lauren White and Margaret Fleming, and midfielder Rachael Swerdon.
Rachel is so good,'' Fling said. We had to move her up to midfield. She is great heading the ball. She is the best player I have ever had heading the ball.''
Fling said Ashley McFarland, Stephanie Vasquez and Aubrie O'Connor also will be counted on to generate some offense.
Cat Abitua, Audrey Renfro and Melanie Estes also have looked good during the first month of workouts, Fling said.
Melanie looks like a brand new player,'' Fling said. She has been doing a great job for us.''
Amanda Frederick, who broke her leg in a club tournament, also should return during the season, Fling said.
She did a fantastic job on the JV last year,'' Fling said. We brought her up to varsity for the playoffs. She broke her leg in a club game.''
This year, District 15-5A has been divided into two zones.
Cy Creek will compete against Cy-Fair, Jersey Village, Langham Creek and Cy Falls for the zone championship.
The other zone will consist of Cy Springs, Cy Woods, Cy Ranch, Cy Lakes and Cy Ridge.
The winner of each zone, plus the next two teams with the most points will advance to the Region II-5A playoffs.
We have a tough bracket,'' Fling said. But we just have to do a really good job and hang in there. Cy-Fair is tough, Langham Creek is tough and Jersey Village will be good this year. But if we stay healthy, we will be fine.''
In fact, Fling believes her team could be as good as last year.
We lost some key players,'' she said, but we have some good players coming up. I think we have a chance to have a great season.''
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