The Red Devils seek to speed things up in 2014.
After taking tremendous strides last season, Richmond’s girls soccer team aims to continue those gains this fall.
To that end, third-year RHS coach Eric Wilson wants the Red Devils to speed up their all-around game.
“We are trying to take that step to the next level,” said Wilson, the reigning North Central Conference Coach of the Year. “I think we’re taking the steps in that direction.”
RHS returns key talent from a squad that finished with double-digit wins and advanced to a sectional final for the first time in six years.
“The girls were really excited to have that opportunity. I think they are hungry to get back there,” Wilson said of reaching the Class 2A championship game at Rushville. RHS fell 4-1 to New Castle in that final.
Richmond graduated four from last year’s 10-6-3 squad. One of the Red Devil returnees is leading scorer Jordan McGuire.
McGuire is a forward, though Wilson noted the potential to move the senior around based on needs.
Other key returnees include Nikki Mittenthal (goalkeeper), Hannah Guth (center back), Julia Keene (midfield), Samantha Wilson (midfield) and Emma Lady (midfield).
“We’re getting a few more girls coming out, and we have a pretty good group coming back from last year,” Wilson said.
“The speed of the game and team defense are kind of the two focuses we’re going after this year. Movement off the ball is key in what we’re trying to accomplish.”
The Red Devils scrimmage Saturday at Union County before opening the regular season at home Tuesday opposite Jay County.
Richmond also plays host Aug. 21 to Connersville before traveling Aug. 23 to Greenon (Ohio).
RHS also has the Hoosier Cup in Bloomington on Sept. 5-6.
The Red Devils finished 3-3 in the NCC last season. Their first conference match comes with an Aug. 30 trip to Huntington North.
Richmond also faces NCC East Division foes Sept. 9 at Muncie Central, Sept. 13 vs. Marion and Sept. 23 vs. Anderson.
The NCC championship day is Sept. 27.
“I’m just looking forward to it,” Wilson said of the start of the upcoming season. “I’m anxious to see what this senior leadership can do to keep this team together, and to see how far they want to fight into the sectional and if we can challenge for the NCC.”
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• Tuesday: vs. Jay County
• Aug. 21: vs. Connersville
• Aug. 23: at Greenon (Ohio)
• Aug. 26: vs. Oldenburg Academy
• Aug. 30: at Huntington North*
• Sept. 2: vs. National Trail
• Sept. 5-6: at Hoosier Cup
• Sept. 9: at Muncie Central*
• Sept. 13: vs. Marion*
• Sept. 17: at Rushville
• Sept. 18: at Franklin County
• Sept. 23: vs. Anderson*
• Sept. 27: at NCC championship day
• Sept. 30: at Union County