The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 18, 2012

Jon Gerardi's soccer column: Goodling, Midd-West in search of playoffs

Midd-West coach Russ Goodling stood near the fence just off the field at the Middleburg Sports Boosters Athletic Park last Wednesday night just moments after his Mustangs lost to Danville, 2-0, in a HAC-I girls soccer game.

As Goodling stood there after briefly talking to his team, the Mustangs packed up their bags and headed off the field.

The first-year Midd-West coach wasn't worried or even disappointed in his girls at all though. It's still relatively early in the 2012 girls soccer season and the first loss for Midd-West, while not what it wanted to see, was only a little bump in the road.

And it surely doesn't damper what he envisions for the Mustangs and what they're capable of as a team.

"I have a lot of high expectations with this team, I just know they've got to put the work in, have belief and trust in what the coaching staff is going to get them to do," Goodling said. "Once we get it down, we'll be fine, but I have a lot of expectations out of this time."

Losses are quickly forgotten in sports. It's immediately put in the rearview mirror, and that's how Midd-West approached Danville's loss by rebounding with a 2-1 overtime win over Bellefonte on Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs overcame an early 1-0 deficit by scoring two unanswered goals, in the second half and overtime, to get the win.

While Goodling may be in his first season as the Midd-West girls coach, he's no stranger at all to soccer, or even Midd-West. Goodling was an assistant coach for the Midd-West boys from 2002 through 2010, having served under both Shawn Callender and current Mustangs' boys coach Chris Sauer, who's been there since 2005.

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