“The season has been going pretty well but we’re not in the spot we want to be,” fourth-year head coach David Huynh stated. “We want to finish first in the region and completed the first step by beating Carrollton but lost to Columbus because we weren’t mentally prepared to play.”
Alexander’s 5-1 loss to region-foe Columbus on March 21 may have cost it a chance for a region championship but the loss has provided motivation for the team. Senior defender Kiley Kimsey said that “we’ve been practicing very hard since our loss to Columbus” while senior forward Claire Lynch said that a formation change has allowed the team to score more goals since that contest.
Lynch has led a Cougars’ offensive attack that has averaged nearly five goals a contest. Sophomore Tatiana Hawkins has developed into one of the most versatile players in the county for Alexander as a forward, midfielder and defender.
“Tatiana has been a big threat on offense because teams are having a hard time dealing with her speed and she has the ability to keep up with fast forwards when playing defense,” Huynh said.
He also notes that the improvement of the midfielders, led by sophomore Hailey Worthy, has helped connect the transition play of the team from last season.
Alexander has won each contest this season when it gives up two or fewer goals. However, the Cougars have lost each match in which the opponent reaches three or more goals.
“We’re working on our defending because we have good individual players but have to improve our team defense together,” Huynh said.
The Cougars made it to the second round of the state playoffs before falling to eventual champion Marist.
“We’re working together and becoming closer as a team because we want to go further in the playoffs this year,” Lynch said.
Alexander returns to action on April 15 at Chapel Hill.