North soccer drops season opener


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@civitasmedia.com



The Lady Vikings surrendered only one goal in their first matchup of the season.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Kaitlyn Johnson tangles with North Forsyth for possession on Monday night.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

North Stokes athletic director, Michael Richardson, is the new ladies soccer coach.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

The Lady Vikings hosted North Forsyth Monday evening and fell 1-0 in their first game of the season.

“Overall, I thought the girls played decent for their first game of the year. We never stopped battling and played hard until the final whistle,” said Vikings coach Michael Richardson.

Moving forward the coach believes the team will be more competitive as their fitness level improves.

He praised their backline made up of Myranda Cook, Abigail Venable, and Megan Collins.

“We should be pretty tough to get in behind. We’re still experimenting with other players in various positions and hope to find a system that works for us soon,” he said.

Richardson, who serves as North Stokes athletic director, has taken the reins of the soccer program after coach Neal Oliver stepped down last season. He brings a wealth of knowledge about the sport after playing four years of collegiate soccer at UNC-Greensboro where he also graduated with a degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in coaching.

Richardson said the girls are good group and he’s looking forward to watching them improve as the season progresses.

The Lady Vikings travel to Lexington for their next non-conference matchup Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m.

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

The Lady Vikings surrendered only one goal in their first matchup of the season.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DSC_0851.jpgThe Lady Vikings surrendered only one goal in their first matchup of the season. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Kaitlyn Johnson tangles with North Forsyth for possession on Monday night.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_No10.jpgKaitlyn Johnson tangles with North Forsyth for possession on Monday night. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

North Stokes athletic director, Michael Richardson, is the new ladies soccer coach.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Richardson.jpgNorth Stokes athletic director, Michael Richardson, is the new ladies soccer coach. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

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