GLASGOW — The Glasgow Lady Scotties achieved a program milestone last season when they won the school's first girls' soccer region tournament game.
Glasgow coach Scott Zettlemoyer hopes the squad can use that success as a springboard for more accomplishments in 2019.
"We've had a really good offseason. A lot of the younger girls are starting to develop and come into their own and are making huge strides this summer," Zettlemoyer said Monday.
But as nice as it is to have younger players coming up in the system, he acknowledged that Glasgow's experience is the team's major strength, as the Lady Scotties return several starters from a season ago including their top three goal-scorers in Aubrey Phillips, Emma Watson and Dinah Miranda.
"A lot of the juniors and seniors who are going to be leaders this season have stepped up into new roles and are excelling as well," Zettlemoyer said.
Barren County has won the past three District 15 titles, but the Trojanettes lost several key players to graduation over the past two seasons. Though Glasgow returns arguably the best roster in the district, Zettlemoyer said the road to a title still goes through Barren County. He also expects Monroe County to be an improved team in 2019.
"In saying that, I think we should end up on top and I hope that we do end up on top in the district this year," Zettlemoyer said.
Defensively, the Lady Scotties return goal keeper Paige Burd who will help anchor a strong back line for Glasgow.
Midfielder Hayden Botts is back for her junior season, and Zettlemoyer expects her to make big strides in 2019. The coach named several players he's expecting the same from, as he believes multiple Lady Scotties are ready to take a step forward this season.
The Lady Scotties will be returning to All 'A' competition this season. The tournament for smaller schools will begin in September for Glasgow, and Zettlemoyer said it's exciting to have the opportunity to compete in the All 'A' Classic.
Glasgow was 11-10 last season including a 7-1 district record. Glasgow lost to Barren County in the district title game before defeating Franklin-Simpson in the first round of the region tournament. Glasgow fell to Bowling Green in the second round of the region.
In order to win a district title and advance in the 4th Region tournament, Zettlemoyer said the Lady Scotties must be led by their juniors and seniors and score a lot of goals.
Zettlemoyer wants the team to push the possession offensively to create more goal-scoring opportunities, but he emphasized it takes more than goals to win matches.
"We also want to have a really strong defense," he said.
Glasgow opens its season at home Monday at 7 p.m. against Clinton County. The Lady Scotties will host Taylor County at 7 p.m. on Thursday.