METSPTS-04-29-21 SPORTS PREVIEW '21 — MASSAC GIRLS SOCCER_PHOTO

Members of the 2021 Massac County girls soccer team are (from left, kneeling) Lili Thomas, Jordyn Dover, Landree Shoulta, Farrah Castleman, Ashlynn Kommer, Allison Hannan, Victoria Swafford, Paige Rainbolt, Bristan Kingston; (standing) Jordan Barnett, Isabel Hawes, Grace Willis, Brooklyn Allbritten, Melina Rodriguez, McKinnley Korte, Claire Seitz, Clara Elliott, Brooklyn Belford and coach Brock Frazier. Not pictured are Jenna Bunting, Adalyn Gower, Madison Hammonds and Azerette Mendoza.

Massac County High School Lady Patriots soccer coach Brock Frazier finds himself in the same spot that most spring sports coaches are in now … kind of.

Girls’ soccer is played in the spring, so that isn’t out of the norm, but having it crammed into a truncated season and falling right on the heels of volleyball season — and that on the heels of basketball season — is definitely not normal.

Frazier has a nice number of girls out this year and several returnees. Several athletic returnees and an upperclassman for his goalkeeper. Some speedy defensive players and some “field-smart” leaders will help the process get underway.

But like most other coaches, Frazier has had severely limited practice sessions and is starting his season a little behind schedule.

Witness a shutout loss to Marion in the girls’ first game. Massac was missing a handful of players, and they would have made a meaningful difference.

Frazier is sure though that once everyone is on board, they get in a few practices and everyone is in a “soccer frame of mind,” the girls will be all right. Theirs is just a snapshot of all high school sports this year. Thankfully though. practically everyone has gotten to participate in their chosen sport.

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