Irondale girls soccer looking for turnaround under new coach

The Irondale High School girls soccer team has a new head coach for 2015. Kristy Hope takes over a team that struggled to score goals and pick up victories in 2015. 

After scoring only eight goals last season, there would seem to no place for the Knights to go but up offensively. 

“We’re really looking for players to step up and score goals,” said Hope.

Five of those eight goals came in two different games: a 5-2 loss to Park Center and a 3-3 tie against Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village. Irondale suffered through 11 shutouts but also blanked four opponents.

At least part of the thanks for those shutouts had to go to goalkeeper Madison Quest, who led the state in saves in 2015 with 199. Quest is one of seven returning players.

“We have a good returning core and have added a lot of promising youth,” Hope said.

Irondale opens the season on Thursday with a non-conference match at North St. Paul. The Polars have reached double figures in victories in each of the past two seasons.

Irondale’s pre-Labor Day schedule also includes its home and Northwest Suburban Conference opener on Aug. 30 against Park Center and a visit to Centennial on Sept. 1.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

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