COVINGTON - Winning and losing will not be a priority for the Alcovy girls soccer team this year.
First-year coach Phillip Davidson said that if they focus on other aspects of the game the wins will come.
"We are trying to get better as a team and our goal is to make good decisions with the ball," Davidson said.
After going 0-5 in region play last year in Region 8-AAAA, Davidson is looking forward to turning things around this season in Region 4-AAAA.
Playing against Alcovy this year in region play are Jonesboro, North Clayton, Griffin, Dutchtown, Stockbridge, Ola, Mount Zion and Forest Park, none of which are ranked.
"I think we will see a lot of competition in the new region," Davidson said.
If the Lady Tigers are to be competitive this season, they are going to have to find the right defensive combination.
Alcovy allowed 86 goals last year, including three teams scoring in double figures.
"We lost two people on defense from last year," Davidson said. "So that is a concern."
Their primary defenders are Kailyn Maynard (goalkeeper), Amy Boldin (stopper) and Jessica Cromwell (sweeper).
Scoring is also something Davidson will have to work on after the Lady Tigers put the ball in the net only nine times last season. Last year, the Lady Tigers were shut out eight times.
The most goals scored in one game was three against Stone Mountain in the second game of the season.
Making it possible to accomplish some of what Davidson wants to do is the fact that he has several returning players including Chelsea Richardson, Ashley Mederos and Maynard.
"Our strengths are probably that we return a lot of players from last year and the girls work well together," Davidson said."
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SideBar: At A Glance
· Team: Alcovy girls soccer
· Coach: Phillip
Davidson (first year)
· Last year's record: 2-10-1 overall
· First game: Tuesday vs. Jackson, 5:30 p.m.