ADAMS, N.Y. (WWNY) - The South Jefferson girls' soccer team looks to be primed for another strong season.
The Lady Spartans return not only a veteran group, but a veteran coach as well.
Terry Burgess is one of the winningest coaches in Section 3 history and he's back on the sidelines for his 20th season coaching the Lady Spartans and 41st season overall, spending his first 21 seasons at Immaculate Heart.
"I love soccer and I love being around the kids and I enjoy the games and that kind of thing," he said. "It's a passion I have for soccer, I guess."
The Lady Spartans will be looking to improve on a 12-6 overall record in 2018 that saw them post a 7-4 divisional mark and lose to Frontier League rival Lowville in sectionals.
The 2019 team is a talented group, but one that has already lost a key player, Abby Piddick, to injury and is short on numbers.
"We have a team that's only got 15 players, so we're a little short on depth," Burgess said. "We have pretty good experience, however, as we return everybody but two players.
Despite the low numbers, South Jeff returns a great deal of firepower and should have no problem scoring goals, but Burgess says the big question mark will be how the backs respond with the loss of Piddock for the season due to a shoulder injury.
You can hear from Piddock and fellow player Megan Whitley, plus more from Burgess, in the video.
The Lady Spartans open their season at home on Wednesday, September 4 as they host Carthage.
It will be their first game on their brand-new, state-of-the-art turf field.