So far, North Little Rock soccer Coach Michael Klucher is pleased with the improvement of the Lady Charging Wildcats.
Though Klucher is in his first year as the Lady Wildcat coach, he is very familiar with the program as his daughter Casey is a member of the squad. Klucher has taught in the school system for 18 years and was an assistant with the boy’s program from 2003-2008. When the position came open, he thought it was a good time to take over the girls’ program.
One thing he wanted was for the Lady Charging Wildcats to be fitter than in previous years. Because of that focus, North Little Rock (5-2, 2-0 6A/7A-South) is more aggressive and stronger on the ball.
"Our speed has increased as well," Klucher said. "We are moving the ball and scoring more goals."
For the season, the Lady Wildcats have scored 20 goals, which is an average of almost three a contest, and have given up three. The difference from last year to this year is they are scoring more goals and not giving up as much.
Playing well for North Little Rock are seniors Givonne Marshall and Lillian McEntire. Marshall took the year off last season, and if she wanted to could play in college and is exploring options. Sophomore Ali Styers and junior Julia Sullivan are the leading scorers for the Lady Wildcats and have gone back and forth on scoring the most in the games.
North Little Rock’s two losses were to Searcy and Little Rock Central. In soccer, although the conference teams may play more than once, only one game counts toward the league standings. The Lady Charging Wildcats’ conference victories were over West Memphis last week and Jonesboro this past Tuesday. Before facing Searcy in a conference showdown Tuesday, they meet Bryant today.
"I’m real excited to see where we are in three to four weeks," Klucher said. "We can play with any team right now if we play our best game."