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January 8, 2014

Young Fightin' Maiden soccer team to open season at home Friday

JACKSONVILLE —

The Jacksonville Fightin' Maiden soccer team will take the bow of off the 2014 campaign at 7:30 p.m. Friday by hosting Lufkin.

The match will take place at the Tomato Bowl, with a junior varsity match between the two schools slated for 5:30 p.m.

Kiff Wiemers is beginning his sixth season at the helm of the Maiden program and Wiemers said that this year's group is full of promise, but is extremely young.

“We have seven freshmen on the varsity team and that's the most we've had playing since my first year in Jacksonville,” Wiemers said. “Despite our youth, I believe this is the best group of talent that we have assembled. Now, it may take a while for everyone to get used to playing together and comfortable with their individual roles, but as long as we can get everything ironed out before the start of district, we'll be fine.”

Prior to playing its final scrimmage last night, the Maidens were 0-2-1 in tier dress rehersals, having tied JohnTyler (3-3) while losing to Mount Pleasant (2-1) and to Lindale (3-2).

Freshman Mia Ziedan booted home Jacksonville's goal in the Mt. Pleasant match while Lindsay Green scored twice in the John Tyler match, with Bea Romero knocking in the Maidens' final goal on a shot from the flank.

“We made some freshmen mistakes that we will have to correct,” Wiemers said. “We also had some miscommunication issues. I'm not overly concerned because the teams we played were all good teams and we were right there in all three matches.”

Against Lindale last Friday, senior Rachel Stirneman punched in a goal for Jacksonville, with Romero getting the assist.

Romero, a junior added a second-half goal in the match, accounting for Jacksonville's remaining point.

Green, a sophomore, was credited with an assist on the play.

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