Lady Cavs remain positive

Published 10:33 pm Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lakeland High School’s girls’ soccer team is continuing to stay positive after a tough Southeastern District schedule.

Lakeland is the smallest school in the district, which means the team gets to experience some of the top-notch competition in the South Hampton Roads area early in the season.

The Lady Cavs have yet to win a game but feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel with conference play starting next week. It also doesn’t help that the Lady Cavs have had a few injuries along the way.

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“Now that we have gotten through all this district stuff, we are feeling good about things,” Lady Cavs coach Adam Smith said. “When we go up against the tougher teams, we know the games will be difficult, but the girls don’t quit. However, all these games will help us in conference play.”

Smith is eager to get some positive things going for his team.

“It will be nice to get on an equal playing field once conference play starts,” Smith said. “We’ve played some of the top teams in the area, and we haven’t been getting the results we wanted. The girls haven’t gotten down on themselves because of it. They still compete hard.”

Smith wants to improve his team’s offense. When conference play rolls around, he wants to make sure his team is not on its heels as much. Because Lakeland has been under so much pressure defensively in the district games, Smith just wants the team to settle down more.

“I want us to be able to work the ball out and maintain possession and build from the back going forward,” Smith said.

District games don’t determine Lakeland’s postseason seeding; the conference games do. From here on out, the Lady Cavs games will count towards their postseason goals, and they will have a renewed focus to finish out the second half of the season.

Lakeland faced Churchland High School on the road Thursday.