FOREST PARK – Two years before Bruce Fox became head coach of the Winton Woods girls soccer program, the Warriors didn’t win a single match.
Last year, in Fox’s first season, Winton Woods won six matches and they’ve already notched five wins this year (against six defeats) with five regular season bouts remaining.
The Warriors feature a dynamic offense. In four of its five wins, Winton Woods has tallied five or more goals.
The offense is led by junior Chardai Moss and freshman Morgan White, both of whom rank tied for seventh in the city with 35 points, according to Cincinnati.com.
Moss has 14 goals and seven assists; White has nine assists and 13 goals heading into their next match against Glen Este (Oct. 1).
“Chardai has experience, it’s her third year on varsity,” said Fox. “She was kind of overshadowed by other players last year. Now we don’t have those players anymore and this is her time to shine, and she’s shining.”
Fox said he’s not even slightly surprised by White’s dominance as a freshman.
“She plays for a really good club team (Cincinnati United Premier). She’s been competing at a high level for awhile now,” said Fox of White. “I knew coming in she would have this affect.”
The attacking end can give opponents problems, but the defensive end is still working to find its footing. Fox said in the preseason that the back was inexperienced but they seem to finding form. Since a 7-0 loss to Sycamore on Sept. 5, the Warriors have gone 3-1 and haven’t allowed more than three goals in a match.
“A bunch of our losses came from lazy play,” said Fox. “We had a string of games, basically back-to-back-to-back; we’re probably one of the few teams who’ve had 11 games at this point. I’m looking forward to seeing how we play after getting a week off and not playing 2-3 times a week.”
Fox has also been pleased with the presence of sophomore center midfielder Leila Adams and senior center defender Jessica Vaughan.
Fox said Adams is a really hard worker and “she knows what she’s doing on the field.”
Vaughan is “in shape, able to get into the attack and also recover quickly,” said Fox, adding her work ethic is top notch. “She’ll work the whole 80 minutes she’s on the field and never give up.”
Fox has found the Warriors need to stay active and positive for the best outcome.
“Every game I tell them to stay positive and work as hard as you can on the field,” he said. “I find we have our best results when we stay positive and work hard for all 80 minutes.”