WILLIAMSTOWN - The character Gordon Gekko from the movie Wall Street wasn't talking soccer when he stated, "that greed, for a lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works."
Yet, Williamstown coach Mike Albertson is using that same term to motivate his offense and hopefully put goals on the scoreboard as the Yellowjackets enter their first season dedicated solely to girls soccer.
"I would like to see us shoot the ball more," Albertson said. "I want them to finish and put the ball in the goal. I want the girls to be more greedy and shoot the ball as opposed to maybe making that extra pass or making that extra touch."
Photo by Kerry Patrick
Williamstown girls soccer player Lindsey Noelle Stanley, (left)?tries to play keep away from teammate Kylie Howell during a practice session earlier this week at the Williamstown soccer fields. The girls make their debut next Thursday at Cross Lanes Christian.
Albertson makes the switch from coaching last year's boys soccer team, which finished 15-3-2 and reached the Class AA/A regional championship.
"This is different," Albertson said. "The girls aren't as physical. There is more passing and ball control. In the boys' matches, what we did in the past is play the long ball and run under it. The girls like to possess and work the ball upfield. Boys like to go for the fast break.
"That's the biggest difference I've noticed."
Williamstown Girls Soccer
Schedule and Roster
* Aug. 24: at Magnolia (postponed); Aug. 29: at Cross Lanes Christian, 6 p.m.; Aug. 31: at Point Pleasant, 11 a.m.
* Sept. 3: Ravenswood, 6 p.m.; Sept. 5: Point Pleasant, 5 p.m.; Sept. 10: at Parkersburg JV, 5:30 p.m.; Sept. 12: at Parkersburg South JV, 5 p.m.; Sept. 14: Ripley, 1 p.m.; Sept. 21: Magnolia, 11 a.m.; Sept. 23: Parkersburg South JV, 5 p.m.; Sept. 26: at Herbert Hoover, 5:30 p.m.; Sept. 28: at John Marshall, 1 p.m.
* Oct. 2: at Parkersburg South JV, 5 p.m.; Oct. 3: at Ravenswood, 5:30 p.m.; Oct. 8: Cross Lanes Christian, 5 p.m.; Oct. 15: at Ripley, 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 17: at Trinity Christian, 5:30 p.m.
* Freshmen: Victoria Clark, Victoria Buckley, Sydney Palmer, Sydney Hill, Rachel Spiker, Lindsey Noelle Stanley, Lindsey Nichole Stanley, Jenson Newton, Ellie Gardner, Ally McMullen, Aubrey Teer
* Sophomores: Hannah Jarvis (captain), Kylie Powell, Megan Wallace, Carly Holdren
* Juniors: Caitlyn Conner, Heather Albertson (captain), Laura Petty (captain)
* Head coach: Mike Albertson, 1st season
The roster consists of 18 players. There are no seniors, so Albertson is looking for leadership from his three captains - juniors Heather Albertson and Laura Petty, and sophomore Hannah Jarvis.
More than half of the girls have played on travel teams.
"This is a huge step for Williamstown," coach Albertson said. "The idea had been kicked around for a couple of years and this past winter with the number of incoming freshman and the youth league doing so well, the high school felt it would be a good time to separate into boys and girls teams.
"Now girls at the younger age, in elementary and junior high, have something to aspire to."
Several days ago, Williamstown scrimmaged the Parkersburg junior varsity. And according to the three captain, the Yellowjackets won 4-3.
"Going into the scrimmage, we didn't really know what to expect," coach Albertson said. "Once they worked out the butterflies, they seemed to get their feet beneath them. That kind of fanned the flames in terms of excitement and giving them confidence."
A projected starting lineup has already been established with the Yellowjackets season-opener scheduled for Thursday at Cross Lanes Christian. Coach Albertson plans to go with Heather Albertson (keeper), Victoria Buckley (forward), Ellie Gardner (outside midfielder), Sydney Hill (center midfielder), Hannah Jarvis (outside midfielder), Ally McMullen (forward), Jenson Newton (defender), Sydney Palmer (defender), Lindsey Noelle Stanley (defender), Laura Petty (center midfielder) and Aubrey Teer (defender).
"Our strength is our experience because the girls have played a lot of travel ball for a number of seasons," coach Albertson said. "Our skill level as far as possessing the ball and maintaining the ball along with our speed will be our biggest assets.
"I think we will be pretty good from back to front."