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GREENFIELD — A pioneer of sorts in Hancock County soccer, Erin Clark hopes to make more history this fall in charge of the Greenfield-Central girls program.

Clark was recently hired by the Cougars as their new soccer coach, replacing Amanda Eid, who, last year, guided the club to its first sectional title since 2005 before moving back home to Fort Wayne.

No G-C girls soccer team has ever won back-to-back sectionals or a regional title. With nearly the entire roster set to return for the start of the season next month, the 2013 Cougars and Clark have a chance to do both.

Clark knows something of firsts. A 1996 New Palestine graduate, she played on the first Dragons’ boys soccer teams after the IHSAA sanctioned the sport in 1994. New Palestine didn’t field a girls soccer team until Clark graduated, and she returned in 1997 to become the New Palestine ladies’ first head coach.

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