"It is a lot of pressure but like I said, I've been through it," Johnson said. "I played in the state tournament and I know what needs to be done in practice to get there. I know the motivation that needs to be involved. I'm there to make the girls better, motivate them and make them champions."
George Washington begins its season today when the Patriots host Riverside at 5 p.m. at Trace Fork.
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IN CLASS AA/A, Sissonville must replace Lydia Murray, Kanawha County's all-time leading scorer and 2012 Class AA/A state player of the year, who moved on to the University of Charleston. The task of filling the void left by Murray will fall to sophomores Madison Jones and Karli Pinkerton.
As freshmen, Jones finished with 28 goals (3rd in the Kanawha Valley) and Pinkerton tallied 19 goals (10th in the Kanawha Valley). The Indians' sophomore class will a big part of any success they have this season, with Courtney Strobel and goalkeeper Brooke Reed also figuring into the lineup for Coach Ali Sadeghian.
Sissonville ended the 2012 regular season ranked No. 1 in Class AA/A, but was upset on penalty kicks in the Region 4 championship game by Charleston Catholic. The Indians' first game this season is at 5 p.m. today at Herbert Hoover.
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