Rutledge looks to turn Humble girls’ soccer around
Erica Rutledge graduated from Humble High School and got her coaching start there.
Now back at Humble, Rutledge is starting her first year as coach of the girls’ soccer team.
“I’m happy to be home,” she said. “I moved back to hopefully turn the program around.”
The Lady Wildcats have struggled recently, winning just one district game last year.
Rutledge comes from Splendora High School, where she coached the girls’ soccer team for the past two seasons.
Though Humble did not get a win in their first action of the season, the Humble ISD women’s invitational, they lost in a shootout to Goose Creek Memorial, a 6A team, and lost by just one goal to Calhoun.
“I have some great players,” Rutledge said. “We got through our first tournament and we scored some goals and did some good things. We needed that confidence boost to start the season to push them in the right direction.”
Rutledge said one of the main things that will lead to more success is the girls playing more outside of school, whether it’s casual pick-up games or recreational soccer.
The team has eight returning players, five of whom are seniors.
Rutledge looks forward to the team getting a clean start.
“I look forward to setting those expectations and watching the team grow as the year progresses,” she said.
Rutledge is a special education co-teacher. When she’s not teaching or coaching she enjoys spending time with her 2-year-old niece and 4-month-old nephew and watching her sister, who plays soccer at the University of Texas – El Paso, play soccer.
Humble’s final pre-district game is Friday, Jan. 19, against Spring Woods at Charles Street Stadium. Its first district game is on Friday, Jan. 26, against Caney Creek at Charles Street Stadium.