Multiple Teams · Soccer Insider: New head coach a familiar face to Arlington Martin girls

Longtime assistant coach Sabina Harrington ascended to the top job at Arlington Martin this season when Ruth Knight retired, and while the nameplate on the office door may have changed, the results remain the same.

Martin (10-3-1) is off to another 5-0 start in District 4-6A, and this senior class, led by Mississippi State signee Natalee Heiser, has lost only two district matches, one last season and one in 2013. The team’s continuity has helped contribute to this year’s success.

“I’ve known these kids since they got here, so I’m not a stranger to them and they’re not a stranger to me,” said Harrington, who has made few changes to the primary workings of the team, except to put a little more emphasis on fitness.

“All my kids play club, so they’re getting their ball touches in the fall and getting their games in,” Harrington said. “My main thing is that I need them to last the whole year. The unfortunate thing about [them playing club] is that they play year-round. I don’t want there to be so much work on them that we’re breaking down.”

What grumblings there might have been about the increased emphasis on fitness have passed.

“They stayed with it and they believed in it,” Harrington said. “At the end of the semester they were saying, ‘Coach I’m glad we stuck with this.’ 

Martin hosts rival Arlington High at 5 p.m. Friday. The Colts were responsible for the Warriors’ lone district loss in 2013.