High school girls' soccer coach shoots for 200th win

By Rick Henry - bio | email

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - A Midlands girls' soccer coach is going for history. Lexington coach Chris Fryland needs just one victory to reach the 200th milestone for his career, and that opportunity is coming up Tuesday.

Chris Fryland has to do a little bit of everything as the Lexington High girls' soccer coach, including turning the stadium lights off after every home game. But pretty soon, the spotlight will be shining directly on Fryland as he reaches a coaching milestone.

Fryland fell in love with soccer when his family moved to Germany when he was 12 years old.

"We lived over there for five years and that's where I started to learn and get some passion for the game," he said.

Now he's one of the state's best soccer coaches. This is Fryland's 12th year at Lexington. His teams have won five region titles and finished as state runner-ups in 2007.

"I've been blessed with great talent over the years at Lexington," said Fryland.

Fryland is closing in on a big milestone. The Wildcats' 4-2 victory over Aiken Thursday night was his 199th career win. If Lexington beats Richland Northeast on Tuesday, he'll become only the state's third girls soccer coach to post 200 victories.

"It's exciting but to be honest with you, I'm more excited about this team this year," said Fryland. "We're 8-0 in the region, looking to win the region and get a good seed in the playoffs."

Once he fueled his passion for soccer by playing the game. Now he does it by coaching the game.

"I love to win, I don't like to lose," said Fryland. "Winning's not everything in the world. We're trying to build character and sportsmanship with these girls, also hopefully they'll take some things away that they can use the rest of their lives."

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