Youth program excellence filters up to GHS girls' soccer

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Thu., Sep. 6, 2012
Chris Morth is the returning Wolverine girls' soccer coach.
Chris Morth is the returning Wolverine girls' soccer coach.

Coach Christopher Morth knows who deserves the credit for the upsurge of potential players on the Wolverine girls’ soccer squad this season. “I’d like to think it’s due to my winning personality and charm,” he said with a laugh, “but it’s really because of the great work that’s happening with the Griswold youth soccer program. The parents in charge of that program are doing a spectacular job.”

This year, Morth is reaping the benefits of their labors. “We had 37 [potential players] who showed up for tryouts and are still here after the last couple of days,” he said during a recent practice. The most promising thing about that turnout was that 25 of the hopefuls were underclassmen. “We had 11 or 12 freshmen and a ton of sophomores. And that’s not the type of girls you want to discourage.”

As a result, he’s challenged himself to develop his varsity and JV teams in such a way as to allow everyone a chance to get on the field. “We’re going to try to do our best to keep everybody on JV,” he said.

Morth said that as of press time he hadn’t yet chosen his team captains, but that his eight returning starters promise to provide good leadership. Seven of his players are seniors. “It’s a very accomplished class. They’re certainly going to be missed [next year]. This is probably the best team we’ve ever had. This year, our expectations are going to be their highest.”

The Wolverines, who racked up a record of 11-4-1 last season, expect their toughest competition again this year from St. Bernard, which made the ECC semifinals last season. “We moved down to Class S for states this year, and that will help us tremendously,” said Morth. “We will not have to deal with the private Catholic schools from Trumbull and Litchfield County.”

The Wolverines’ season got underway this week with matches against Norwich Free Academy and Fitch. They’ll be facing St. Bernard in Montville Sept. 19, and again at home Oct. 11.

Morth, who served as assistant boys’ soccer coach for six years, is in his second year as varsity girls’ soccer coach. He also coaches indoor and outdoor track.

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