wanted to contribute and get off on the right foot. As it turns out,
that left foot is pretty darn good, too. “She has the best ball skills of anyone I’ve seen in high school in the
last 15 years,” Troy girls soccer coach Ryan Baker said. “You can’t get
the ball off her foot.”
“She has the best ball skills of anyone I’ve seen in high school in the last 15 years,” Troy girls soccer coach Ryan Baker said. “You can’t get the ball off her foot. She’s able to make passes at angles not many people can. … Her right foot and left foot striking is the same. That’s very hard to defend.”
Yenney leads the Greater Western Ohio Conference in points (35) and assists (11) and is second in goals (12). Yenney trails Lebanon’s Bekah Bonny for the GWOC lead in goals by one. With half of her scores coming from outside 25 yards what’s been Yenney’s best goal?
“I just wanted to do the best I could to help the team,” Yenney said.
The freshman is part of Troy’s youth movement that could return nine starters next season. But the newcomers are making their impact now. Fellow freshman Holly Pierce is second on the team in goals (9) and sophomore Alseya Evans is third (8). Junior Kylie Sawka is second in assists (8) and Pierce and senior Kelsey Timms are tied for third (6). Defensively, seniors Timms and keeper Liz Patrick and junior Mandi Clemons have keyed a defense that has six shutouts. It’s a good mix that has the Trojans (8-3-1) in contention for the GWOC North Division title.
“When the freshmen and new players came in, the captains and returning players did a great job making us feel like a team,” Yenney said. “I really like this team. I couldn’t be doing this without them.”
While this year’s team has helped Yenney get within two goals of setting the freshman record, the 2004 team provided the inspiration. Yenney sat in the Memorial Stadium bleachers watching senior standouts Kristin McDonald (62 career goals) and Alyssa Zimmerman (54).
“When I was little I remember going to games and watching. It was always cool for me because the girls looked so big and so good. It’s cool I’m here and playing varsity now,” Yenney said. “I remember watching Alyssa Zimmerman and the goals she scored. I always told myself I wanted to score more goals than (Zimmerman). There were a lot of girls on those teams I looked up to.”
Now, with her scoring pace, it’s Yenney who is being watched. Opponents have taken more of an interest in the forward who remains just two goals from topping McDonald’s freshmen record.
“We haven’t been able to hide Erin the last few weeks. I think she’s getting on people’s radar so we’ve had to move her around,” Baker said.
Yenney, who also plays for the Dayton Soccer Academy and Ohio’s Olympic Development Program, started making her mark last year. As an 8th grader working out at the DSA, Beavercreek standouts Kelly Blumenschein (University of Dayton) and Megan Moran (Bowling Green State University) said the U-14 player was already good enough to play with them.
“That’s why we’re never concerned with her standing with the team,” Baker said of potential pitfalls from a freshman leading the team in scoring. “She’s a great kid and everybody likes her.”