MHS soccer experiencing growing pains

Year two of the Monticello soccer turnaround isn’t going any better than year one, record-wise, but that’s not deterring the Billies in the least, new coach Reid Smith said.

<span>After an 0-13-1 campaign in 2013, Monticello has dropped its first seven matches this season—and scored only four goals in those seven outings. Nine of Smith’s players are freshmen, six more are sophomores, seven are juniors and the Billies have just four seniors on their 2014 roster—and only eight return from last season.</span>

<span>Junior forward Aaron Parke has accounted for two goals during Monticello’s pre-spring break schedule. Freshman Colton Robinson has one tally and junior Drake Hill the other goal.</span>

<span>“We are playing hard and having fun,” Smith said after the Billies’ first home match of the year on Thursday, a 3-1 loss to Hermitage.</span>

<span>Parke scored his second goal against the Hermits. Robinson collected the assist.  </span>

<span>“We’re just young and need a few more players but, all in all, we are getting a little better each game and are putting out good effort,” Smith said. “So I’m pleased with that.”</span>

<span>After spring break, Monticello must grow up in a hurry, though, Smith noted. Class 4A, District 4 play begins on Tuesday, April 1 at 2013 state tournament participant Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.</span>

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