Bath County’s Soccer Teams having a great season

Soccer is known as the universal sport, but to some around this part of the world it is a very foreign thing. In such an area as this, it may come to you as a surprise that any soccer team is able to function, much less win. But that is just what the Bath County High School JV and Varsity soccer teams are doing.

Allegheny Mtn. Radio spoke with a few senior players from the Varsity team, and two young women in the ninth grade with their high school soccer careers still ahead.

Noah Hyler started off the conversation: “I play forward, and my favorite thing about soccer is, it’s fun. I enjoy dong it. It’s awesome. You use your feet, and it’s so hard to play. It’s just challenging and it’s a lot of fun.”

John Heffler, who has been playing since he was very young too, 14 years actually, shared his thoughts. What do you play?

“Left mid-field, or striker if Noah’s not in. My favorite thing is just being out with friends, and I’ve been playing so long, it’s just a natural thing for me, I’ve been playing so long.”

Jordan Marshall: “I’m a right back, and I like to just play with my friends, and have fun, and hopefully win”.

Aaron Loan: “I’m the goalie, and my favorite part is just the close saves.”

And what does Camden Smith like about playing soccer at Bath County high school? ”Being with my friends, and I guess like running is pretty much; I like running with Stephanie. And I don’t know, it’s kind of like a habit for me now.

Stephanie Gardener commented too: I love the fun way of getting your exercise, and being with friends. And I play striker, usually. I’ve been playing since I started school; I’ve been playing for a long time.

The JV team has won 3 out of the four games that they have competed in, included in these, is a last minute goal from Stephanie Gardener that helped finish their season with a win against the West Virginia Warriors. The Varsity team is also holding their own as they lead their conference in points and game wins as they cruise into Friday’s game at Parry McCluer to close the regular season.

And this from the Lexington News-Gazette late Friday night:

The Parry McCluer High School boys and girls soccer teams both suffered shutout losses to Conference 45 rival Bath County in the rain on Friday at The Fields at Southern Virginia University. The Chargers won the girls game 2-0 and captured the boys game 7-0.

Our student reporter concludes.

The Varsity team has their eyes on the prize, a state championship which the school has never won.   With a good JV team in the works, all eyes are on the Bath County Soccer Program and its next move.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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