LAKE GEORGE - Girls soccer teams in the Adirondack League this year had better prepare for a tough opponent in Lake George.
Not only do they have an enviable championship tradition, but their 2009 team, which won the Adirondack League crown, happens to be returning all their starters, coach Joel Gordon said.
The team prevailed for their third successive year in the Adirondack League, which is becoming more and more competitive, Gordon said.
"Winning the league, 2009 was a good year, but we suffered our first loss in the league which gets better every year," he said. The team had a 10-6-1 record, which attests to their tough non-league schedule that helps the girls hone their skills.
The returning starters happen to be sophomores, which speaks of the youth of the team. They're augmented by three experienced seniors.
The lineup of talent includes Mackenzie Perkett, who Gordon said will be holding down the midfield. Caroline Murphy, who Gordon considers a "natural scorer," is moving from midfield to forward. Also back in the lineup is Reagen Morehouse, who the coach said is a strong tackler and runs the defense.
"Reagan's our anchor in the back," he said, noting Murphy, Morehouse and Perkett were First-Team Adirondack League All-Stars in 2009. Perkett won the same title in 2008 as a freshman.
The 2010 team has remarkable chemistry, plus a dedication to the sport, he said.
"The girls have been playing together for so long - they enjoy being around one another - they're very close as a team," he said, noting their work ethic. "The players arrive to practice 25 minutes early with their cleats on - They're a very motivated group."
The team has remarkable depth for 2010, considering its wealth of veterans, including All-Star talent.
"Our players are very versatile, and our depth is huge," Gordon said. "We can pull anyone off the bench and not lose a beat on the field."
Their dedication to soccer has prompted them to play sport whenever they can off-season - indoor or outdoor, pickup ball or travel-team, he said. The entire team attended soccer camp this summer, which both honed their skills and boosted that team chemistry.
"We've got a very motivated group, and we are looking to be competitive," Gordon said.
Lake George Central
2010 Varsity Girls Soccer schedule
Sept. 8 Stillwater Away 7 p.m.
Sept. 10 Schenectady Home 4: 30 p.m.
Sept. 14 Whitehall Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 16 Salem Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 21 Hadley-Luzrn Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 23 Bolton Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 25 Waterford Away 12 p.m.
Sept. 28 Fort Ann Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 30 Whitehall Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 5 Salem Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 7 Hadley-Luzern Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 12 Bolton Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 14 Fort Ann Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 15 Schenectady Away 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 Albany Away 1 p.m.
Oct. 19 Troy Home 4:30 p.m.