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Girls' soccer: Eagles return mostly experienced team

The New Life Academy girls' soccer team returns experience through most of its positions this season.

However, the one exception is with the forwards. The Eagles started their season with a pair of 2-0 losses to St. Croix Lutheran at home on Friday, Aug. 25, and at Bloomington Kennedy on Saturday, Aug. 26. While head coach Sam Mann said they were in contention for the majority of both games, New Life Academy struggled to connect on the attacking third of the field.

"The biggest problem that needs addressing going forward is improving our quality and creativity in the attacking third to create goal scoring chances," Mann said.

The Eagles are returning all of their starters at the midfield and the back line positions from last year, which Mann said was a positive. But New Life Academy graduated two key senior forwards in Kayla Binsfeld and Nicole Hager.

"Their leadership and abilities to make an impact in close games will definitely be missed this season," he said.

Last year, New Life Academy finished in the middle of the pack in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association with a 4-3-2 record. To improve on the finish this year, the Eagles will continue to work on the offense.

"I'm still testing out different formations and players up front to find the right fit," Mann said. "I'm hoping to find some type of solution going into Tuesday's game against Providence Academy."

New Life Academy is scheduled to play Providence Academy on the road on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and at Nova Classical Academy on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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