GIRLS SOCCER

Blazers' Madeline Wood adds versatility to short-handed squad

2013-10-06T18:45:00Z 2013-10-07T02:35:06Z Blazers' Madeline Wood adds versatility to short-handed squadAndrew Stem Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 06, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

Marquette Catholic senior Madeline Wood has played all over the field for the Blazers this season.

Injuries and a small roster have made it necessary for her to suit up on defense, midfield and forward, sometimes all in the same game.

“She has the ability to play anywhere on the field at any moment,” Marquette coach Lacey Hersman said. “If I need her to play defense and mark someone, she can.

“She can also find the back of the net from the center-mid position. She’s dangerous wherever we put her on the field.”

Wood said it is challenging to change from position to position, but that she’s well prepared to do that.

“I have grown up playing soccer, so I am accustomed to playing everywhere on the field,” she said.

Wood, who scored seven goals and notched two assists from the midfield as a junior, has two goals and five assists this year from her variety of positions.

Hersman noted that Wood, as a senior captain, did not hesitate to play wherever she was needed.

“She’s had to fill in at the back because of concussions,” she said. “She takes that role as a captain and leads where I need her to without any complaints.”

Of all the positions she has played this season, she likes center-defensive midfield the best.

“I get the best of both worlds,” she said. “I get to be involved and score goals and drop back and play defense.”

Wood has been selected to compete in the Indiana Elite North vs. South All-Star Girls Soccer Event in Danville on Nov. 9. She played in last year’s event after her junior season and is looking forward to a return trip.

“It lets me be able to represent my school really well,” she said. “I got to meet a lot of great players from around the area. It’s a great way to show our talents and compete with regional teams.”

Hersman said that Wood serves as another coach for the Blazers during practices.

“She constantly makes everyone better,” she said. “She coaches as she practices. She’s helping the other players as practice is going on, and that will better our team.”

The Blazers open Class A sectional play on Tuesday against Andrean at Wheeler.

“It’s one of my last times stepping onto the field as a high school player,” Wood said. “We are focused and mentally prepared. If we play our hearts out and play our best, we could advance.”

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