Senior defender focusing on sixth straight title for WHS girls soccer squad
The Winfield girls soccer team ranks among the all-time elite and most consistent high school programs in the Mountain State, and this season, as in years prior, Cami Frye lists among the squad’s most dependable players.
Frye, a senior defender, represents one of eight returning starters for the Generals, who will look to capture a sixth consecutive state championship this season.
“She’s got that hard-working mentality to push herself and challenge herself every day,” Winfield coach Marshall Hoff said. “As a coach, that’s what you’re asking. If you don’t push past what you’ve already mastered, then we’re not growing.
“She’s top-notch. Cami’s done a fantastic job. She’s a four-season starter and she’s worked to be where she’s at, no doubt.”
A former forward in her middle school days, Frye said she now finds great reward playing defense.
“I love defense,” she said “You don’t get all the glory, because you don’t score goals, but it feels even better to save them. I love it.”
Offense dominates the box score and headlines, but Frye shines as an unsung hero defensively, Hoff said.
“So many times, your defensive third is overlooked in that playing field, and they’re such an essential part of our attacks and the tactical end of our counterattack,” he said. “It’s an essential part of the game. It’s hard for some people to see that. They want to see the finisher, not what it took to get to that point.
“Cami’s a driving force in that defensive third, and she definitely takes on that leadership role there.”
Frye, a captain and All-Kanawha Valley first-team selection last season, plays an important position as center back.
“You can pretty much see the entire field from where you’re at, so you have to do a lot of talking and you’re pretty much the backbone of the back line,” Frye said, “so you have to keep everybody moving and in good shape, because shape is the key to good defense. If you don’t have good shape, then people are just going to blow past you.”
It’s not expected many opponents will blow past Winfield this season, with the Generals’ returning veterans and talented incoming freshmen ready to defend their title streak. However, Frye said Winfield’s expecting every team’s best shot.
“It just gets tougher every year when you win,” Frye said. “People don’t really want to see you win again, so Marshall is constantly telling us ‘You have a target on your back,’ like ‘They’re out for you,’ so we just do the same thing we do every year and have faith that we’re going to do it again.”