CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWNY) - It's a new era for the Carthage girls' soccer program as longtime coach Marty Weaver has retired and former Carthage boys' soccer coach Matt Hayden has taken over.
"I coached boys for the last four years, it's my first year of moving over to the girls," he said. "Luckily, I know most of them from school, being a P.E. teacher in the middle school, so I kind of seen them growing up through, so I'm excited for the new venture."
The Lady Comets will be looking to improve on a 6-9-1 overall record and 5-6 in Frontier League play last season.
"I think a lot of people are going to underestimate us, which gives us an advantage because we don't have anything to lose, we don't have anything to protect, if that makes sense," player Liya Mace said. "It's going to be a fun season and we are going to work really hard to get there."
"I think we have a really good team," Emma Zehr said. "We have good chemistry off the field, which I think will move to chemistry on the field so that we can play well together."
“I’m definitely optimistic -- I know the seniors really want it, we really want to have a good season,” Delaney Escudero said. “There’s a lot of underclassmen, so they’re going to be good after this year -- we are all scrappy and we work hard and I think we’re going to be good this year.”