NHS Girls Soccer Caps Strong Season at Semi-State
Writer / Matt Keating
Photographer / Bret Richardson
The Noblesville Girls Soccer Team enjoyed an outstanding season, making it all the way to the Semi-State.
The Millers played well all year and are looking forward to an even better season next year. Coach Mike Brady, who was recently named Hoosier Crossroads Conference Soccer Coach of the Year, says it was enjoyable to watch their hard work pay off.
“They spent the summer conditioning and training together,” Brady says. “It wasn’t mandatory, but they understand they are part of something bigger than themselves, and they continued that attitude that if you’re going to take the time to do something, do it well. They did this throughout the season in both training and games, and even in their philanthropy projects, like money they raised for the Megan Ott Foundation.”
Brady says the team continued to improve throughout the season.
“Our program instills in the players to work hard and challenge each other every day in practice,” Brady says. “We want them to do the same thing in the classroom, make good choices, and grow as players, students and young adults.”
Despite the ups and downs of the season, the team hit its stride more consistently, gaining momentum along the way.
“We lost a group of very talented seniors from last year’s semi-state team, and it would have been easy to rest on last season’s laurels and think of this year as a rebuild, but that certainly wasn’t the attitude of the coaches or the players,” Brady says. “Playing what could be considered the most difficult schedule in the state, the team learned how to battle, and they came out on the winning side of most of those battles.”
The Lady Millers soccer team will have its sight set even higher next year. Brady believes his team can accomplish their goals and then some, if they continue to put the team first.
“We have a saying in our program, ‘We are together,’ and as long as the players come together and work towards the same goal and understand that our accomplishments and set-backs are achieved as a team, then there is no bar set too high for our program,” he says.
“We are fortunate to represent Noblesville,” Brady adds. “We take a great deal of pride in the name on the front of our jerseys, and we do our best to represent the community in the way it deserves for all the support provided to us by the school, parents and students of Noblesville High School.”