GRIFFITH | Emily Duhon has been all over the soccer pitch during her four years at Griffith. She has played defense, midfield and finally striker during this, her senior season.
One position she's never played is team glory hound. This year, though, Duhon's the one getting the attention because she's the one putting the ball in the net.
"Emily is pretty versatile player," coach Wally Kudyba said. "She can play in the midfield where she is a good playmaker but she is very offensive-minded player. She likes the striker position where her experience is what this team needs."
The move up top has worked out well for the Panthers, as Duhon has nine goals through the first five games.
"It was a team effort getting those goals, but it does feel good coming out of that shell and scoring," Duhon said. "I like scoring. I like the intensity of being on the attacking half and and not the defensive half, being part of scoring goals."
Griffith has outscored opponents 30-3 as a team and is a perfect 5-0. The team motto is "big sister, little sister." It's fitting for a team that starts nothing but seniors and freshmen.
"We're working in the freshmen well, I think," Duhon said. "We adapted both of our playing styles well, seniors and freshmen, and we're able to work together and come out with good outcomes."
"Emily understands her role on this team," Kudyba said. "Her leadership with her teammates is very strong and positive."
Griffith is a team caught between needing to win now and looking toward the future, but an underdog mentality permeates the Panthers squad just below the surface. There's a chip on Griffith's collective shoulder and it just may start with Duhon.
"We were underestimated by a lot of teams," Duhon said. "I think we're showing them that just because we're a young team doesn't mean that we're not good."
"We're going to go far."