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Taylorsville girls are rebuilding

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The motto for the Taylorsville girls soccer team this season was "Choose to be warriors."

"The girls have always kept their spirits and their heads up," coach Kalyn Phelps said.

According to the coach, the girls developed mental toughness this year and the team's 1-15 record does not reflect how good the girls are.

While Taylorsville has had three coaches in four seasons, Phelps has set her mind to stay and said 2006 was just a rebuilding year. The team has taken the first steps toward turning the program around by realizing that it can win.

Kimmi Tye, a senior goalkeeper, provided the team with athletic ability, great attitude and good vision of the field. Last year, Tye sat out the season because she broke her leg in one of the first games. She played through the pain this year.

Senior captain Hillary Fuller was a skilled player who was willing to step up as a leader daily, at games and at practice.

Next year, Taylorsville will rely on junior forward Sylvia Harris, a strong player with good speed; and sophomore forward Grecia Cortez, an all-around player who also has good speed.

CYPRUS: Cyprus High started out hopeful, but after winning two preseason games, it had a hard time bouncing back and had a winless season.

"The team has a lack of focus," coach Todd Howell said. "They are beginning to change that, realizing that success is there for them to grab."

The team was hurt by inexperience as it played 26 girls, mostly freshmen and sophomores. Howell, however, can see a bright future.

Kirstie Henroid, one of the leading scorers in the state, and goalie Ashlyn Mulford will return.