By Codey Emerson

CARMEL – With the girls’ soccer season less than a month away, many programs are beginning to gear up for the upcoming season. Four programs here in Hamilton County just wrapped up playing in the DeWayne Akin Summer Showcase which took place on the practice fields at Carmel High School.

Carmel, Noblesville, Geurin Catholic, and Fishers all competed in the tournament. The tournament allows the coaches to see how their player respond when they are put in actual game situations and forced to make tough decisions. With the first official practice scheduled on for August 5th, coaches can see what they have in their teams and what they can look to work on when practices start.

The camp is hosted by Frank Dixon, head coach for the Greyhounds. Fellow head coaches talk about how this experience where their kids are playing against some great competition early on, helps them later in the season.

“It’s just a good opportunity to get everybody a chance to get on the field and play,” said Noblesville coach Mike Brady. “We’ve been practicing and training and games are different, seeing how they work hard all summer. We like coming out here and watching all the girls get a chance to compete.”

Dixon explains how this showcase provides him with a better chance to evaluate his players on an individual basis.

“It’s so vital,” Dixon said. “I don’t know how we did it before we had this. We’ll have 100 kids out at tryouts and you don’t know what they’re like in game situations. You can see the technical ability in training, but this is the real deal. There’s pressure on them and they have to make decisions.”

The lady greyhounds will look to defend their title when they play their first game of the season on August 23 against one of the team’s that participated in this tournament, Guerin Catholic.