Season expectations are high for the 2019 Merrol Hyde Lady Hawks soccer program.
Coming off a runner up Class A finish in 2018, the Lady Hawks have been working hard to ensure they win the last game of the season in 2019.
“Expectations don’t change,” head coach Jason Bentley said. “We’ve been to the last two state tournaments and that is the goal with the ultimate goal being to win the last game in Murfreesboro. We are fortunate to bring back a lot of young talent that played last year as well as added new young pieces that will contribute.”
Tough competition has already began for Merrol Hyde as the Lady Hawks competed for a few days at Maryville College during their team camp against really strong 3A competition.
“That was a really good experience for our girls,” Bentley said. “I was able to stand back and allow our captains to lead and manage the team, so I believe that will be beneficial for us down the stretch. You need that tough competition early on and we certainly got that.”
Even though the Lady Hawks have been to Murfreesboro the past two seasons, Bentley says that it is important for his team not to rest on the success of the past.
“The main thing we can’t do is take the past two years for granted,” he said. “We just take this year as a new year and put in the work and have the same hunger and drive to get there. If we don’t have that same want to attitude and work ethic to get there we will fall short of our goal.”
Merrol Hyde will continue their tough preseason this Saturday heading to Portland for the annual Lady Panthers play day before hosting their Alumni game.
“This Saturday we will learn a lot about ourselves,” Bentley added.
The Lady Hawks will compete in two tournaments this year; the Ladies Tournament hosted by McGavock as well as the prestigious Smoky Mountain Cup.
“These tournaments will expose us to different teams that we don’t get to see on a yearly basis and that should help us,” he said. “Playing tough out-of-league games only benefits you as the season progresses.”
Merrol Hyde will travel to Beech next Thursday, August 8 to close out their preseason.