HHS senior captain pivotal to soccer team’s record of success
In recent memory, the Hurricane girls soccer team has made its name on defense, and for the past four seasons, Jenna Adams has played a pivotal role in helping the squad earn that reputation.
Adams, a senior captain, began her fourth year starting this season, and with her contributing to the Redskins’ strong defensive play, Hurricane hopes to improve upon last year’s success in finishing 14-4-2.
“We’ve had some of the best defensive stats in the state the past four years,” Redskins coach Shelly Young said, “so she’s been a key part of that, because she’s a senior. She’s a very experienced player and she comes in and bring that experience to our defense.”
From a young age, Adams said she knew she belonged on the defensive side of the pitch.
“I was always the little girl who was not too greedy,” Adams said. “I wasn’t someone who wanted to score goals. I wanted to make sure we didn’t allow them against us, so I’ve pretty much always been a defender.”
As a left-footer, Adams often plays the left side of the defense. In addition to speed and natural athleticism, Adams brings intangibles such as soccer knowledge and leadership.
“She has a very high soccer IQ, and she does have great vision,” Young said. “You see that when she’s out on the field, and she is communicating with her teammates.
“She has some younger players on defense with her and we asked her and the other experienced defenders to take them under their wing and help them and teach them how to play the system that we play, and she’s stepped up big and done that for us.”
Playing defense, Adams regularly finds herself facing an opponent’s attackers one-on-one, her favorite part of the game.
“I really, really like one-on-one,” Adams said. “One-on-one defending, I love it. I worked on it for a really long time to make sure I’m comfortable doing it, and now that I can comfortably do it, it’s just something that I look forward to, because I know that it’s all on me and if it’s my mistake, it’s my mistake. I don’t have to rely on anyone else. It’s also really satisfying when you succeed.”
With Adams leading the charge of another strong defensive unit, the Redskins look poised for more success this season.
“The past four years that I’ve been on the team we’ve always had a strong defensive presence,” Adams said. “That’s just been something Hurricane’s been known for the past couple years.
“We have a really good team this year and I’m really excited to see what happens. Being a senior and just being on the team in general, I’m really excited.”