Prep Soccer: Logan Arnold embracing her new role for Boyle County
Boyle County's Logan Arnold said she has embraced her new role as a leader of a young Rebels squad. (Hal Morris / August 23, 2012)
But now Arnold is one of the seniors mentoring a young Rebels’ squad, so she has had to improve her leadership and play.
“Last year, there were four of us in the back, three seniors and me as a junior, so I never really had to lead anyone. I just followed,” said Arnold, a four-year starter for Boyle. “It’s definitely been an adjustment, me having to tell the girls when to shape, when to step. It’s been a little stressful, but I’m getting used to it.”
Boyle coach Brian Deem said Arnold, and the other seniors, have done a great job leading young teammates.
“I’m ticked to death for her. I told all the seniors I have been so impressed how they have taken their leadership roles as a group, and have not needed me to push them in a certain way or guide them in a way,”¿Deem said.
“They were able to take what they have learned the last three years and come up with their own way of doing it and it’s working with these kids. They’ve been nurturing, they’ve been uplifting to the young kids, but they are still making them accountable for their play.
“They’re doing it in the right way. And I can’t be more impressed with Logan herself.”
Arnold said her young teammates have “been doing great” grasping everything. She said she hasn’t altered her play as much as she just tries to set a good example and play and practice hard all the time.
“Just in practice, I really need to work harder and remember that every practice is like my last practice since I’m a senior,” she said.
Since Arnold’s freshman year, Boyle’s defense has 38 shutouts and has allowed just 49 goals. She said this year’s team has the potential to be that dominant, and already had two shutouts this season while opening with a 3-1 record going into tonight’s game against Mercer County (1-1).
“I think we can definitely reach that potential,”¿Arnold said comparing the two defenses. “We’re as strong as we were last year. We have the speed in the right places, and I just think we can do it.”
Boyle lost 10 seniors off last year’s state quarterfinal team, including eight starters. Now with a slew of underclassmen figuring into the mix, Arnold knows people will think Boyle is not the Boyle of old and won’t be as dominant as in recent years.
She hopes they keep thinking that.
“Definitely, people underestimate us.¿I think we kind of embrace it,” she said. “We have people telling us we can’t do it, so that’s what motivates you to do it even more.”