SCHEDULE: LG GIRLS SOCCER
Sept. 8: H: Schenectady, 4:45 p.m.
Sept. 10: A: @ Queensbury, 1 p.m.
Sept. 13: A: @ Salem, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 15: A: @ Whitehall, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 20: H: Hadley/Luzerne, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 22: H: Bolton, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 27: H: Fort Ann, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 29: H: Salem, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 4: H: Whitehall, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 6: A: @ Hadley/Luzerne, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 8: A: @ Maple Hill Tourney, 3 p.m.
Oct. 10: A: @ Maple Hill Tourney, 3 p.m.
Oct. 13: A: @ Bolton, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 17: A: @ Troy, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: H: Fort Ann, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 20: A: @ Schenectady, 4:45 p.m.
In practice on Friday Aug. 26, the players on the Lake George Girls Soccer team members demonstrated crisp passes, swift kicks and strong shots on goal.
Just as important, they were sporting smiles. Earlier this summer most all of them were angrily protesting the school administration’s termination of coach Joel Gordon, apparently due to an administrative conflict.
Gordon — who was admired in the community for his dedication, inspirational coaching and leading his team to three straight Adirondack League Championships — has been replaced by Mike McLaughlin, a veteran Lake George boys soccer coach.
Although the girls soccer players were big fans of Gordon, in practice this week they seemed to be focused on the prospects for continued success in the 2011 season under new leadership.
McLaughlin said he was happy with the reception he’s received so far from the players, despite the past uproar.
“These are great kids, they’re team-oriented, and there’s amazing team chemistry,” he said.
The team’s appreciation of Gordon and his accomplishments — including leading his squad to three championships — has put McLaughlin under pressure and scrutiny, the new coach said with a grin.
“I’m the guy in the bulls eye — if we don’t win the league title, I’m the guy responsible.”
McLaughlin added that his team members are quite skilled and athletic, and they’ll be very successful this year, despite having to adapt to a new coach’s style and program.
“The team is full of very talented players, and we’ve been having very energetic and competitive training sessions,” he said. “I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen to this point.”