BHS Girls Soccer: Eagles drop games to Huskies, Chargers

Barrington girls soccer team enters season with new coach

By Josh Bickford
Posted 9/20/22

The Barrington High School girls soccer team has a new coach, and so far, he has been very pleased with his team’s commitment and intensity.

Martyn Hollands arrived in Barrington this season …

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BHS Girls Soccer: Eagles drop games to Huskies, Chargers

Barrington girls soccer team enters season with new coach

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The Barrington High School girls soccer team has a new coach, and so far, he has been very pleased with his team’s commitment and intensity.

Martyn Hollands arrived in Barrington this season with previous coaching stops at Wheeler School and Burrillville. He has also coached club soccer teams. 

Hollands said the start of the season faced a few challenges — he missed some action early on because he was quarantining. But when he returned to the field, Hollands was pleased with what he saw.

“The girls are committed,” he said. "They’re focused… They’re working really hard.”

Hollands said he was very happy to be selected to coach the Eagles, who were previously coached by Steve Pickford for more than a decade. 

“The program has a good reputation. The school has a good reputation,” he said. “I think it’s a good fit.”

Barrington has opened the season with back-to-back losses and has yet to score a goal. The Eagles lost 1-0 to Chariho in the home opener, and fell 6-0 to Mt. Hope on Friday. 

Hollands cautioned: “It’s going to be a process. It’s going to take some time.”

The first-year BHS coach said he was excited by the team’s ability to be creative on the both ends of the field. However, he said the Eagles have not yet made the most of their scoring opportunities. 

“We want to be difficult to break down. Tough defensively. Creative. Expansive,” Hollands said. “I want them to be comfortable to go out and play. We’ll make mistakes. My job is just to create the environment where they can go out and do those things.”

Barrington’s captains this season are seniors Ava Jones, Marie Choi-Schattle and Helena Defanti.

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