Brown hired as Redskins’ soccer coach

By: 
Mickey Alvarado

Clinton varsity girls soccer coach Christine Brown.

Smiles were on the faces of Clinton’s varsity girls soccer players even before the season started, having new coach Christine Brown bring added enthusiasm to the group of 21 on the varsity roster.
 
Originally from New Jersey, Brown competed in soccer on the east coast at Duquesne University before being sidelined by an injury.
 
“I feel like I bring a decent background from two different really strong areas of soccer,” said Brown. “Pittsburg has really progressed over the last eight to ten years.” She said she was excited to bring the game’s knowledge, which was passed on to her from many coaches.
 
“My college coach actually runs a club in Sylvania now so he’s going to come out and do some sessions for us,” she said. “I’m just excited for the girls to get a whole different perspective than what they’ve grown up with.”
 
Brown previously coached soccer at Clinton in 2012, assisting Ben Murray on the varsity girls team. She transferred to Tecumseh and coached the JV boys and was varsity assistant and also helped Matt Dailey coach the varsity girls program in 2013.
 
She returns a majority of last year’s players including one senior, Laura Kersey, the team’s main goalkeeper. She was also awarded a team captain position.
 
“We have a really young team, a good group of talented girls. They’ve played together since they have been kids so they are used to each other and are very comfortable. They know how each other works on and off the ball so that’s really great to walk into.”
 
She has made some changes to the defense, slightly adjusting things to her preference, but nothing has changed drastically for the players.
 
Junior Alexis Bailey, a central mid, is the team’s other co-captain. “She’s a very strong leader on the field and off the field with a really positive attitude, which is what a lot of the girls were looking for this year. So there excited to have those two [Bailey and Kersey] lead,” said Brown.
 
Junior Taylor Tschirhart will be up top with juniors Maria Kovach and Alexia Rolland. “They’re a really strong trio up top. They work well off each other,” said Brown.
 
Tschirhart is expected to again be a team leader in goal scoring. She recorded 25 goals last year for the Redskins.
 
Support in the midfield comes from junior Kylee Doty, sophomore Madison Baughey and junior Alexis Bailey. “They’re looking really strong,” said Brown.
 
“At the back are two juniors, a freshman and the other one is up in the air. We’ll see after our first game, who earns that starting spot,” said Brown. “We’ve got great numbers this year so I have a lot to work with. It’s going to be a battle for starting positions.”
 

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