Without an experienced defensive presence, the Ada Lady Cougars are working to shore up those holes as they prepare for the 2018 spring soccer season.
Ada, 8-7 a year ago, lost its entire backline off a team which returns seven starters.
“We lost our backline, but we’re not completely new. We have moved some kids around,” said Ada head coach Cole Jones, who plans to employ a 4-1-4-1 set.
Three of the four defensive spots appear to be set with junior Andrea Underwood, senior Brianna Iorga and sophomore Angelina Hernandez.
Underwood spent most of the 2017 season as a central defender, but she played on the outside toward the end of the season.
“She is learning a new position, and she’s held it down pretty good,” Jones said. “Andrea is not a speed demon, but she’s pretty good with her feet.”