Girls Soccer Improves from Last Year


Coach Church gives a team talk during a game vs Myrtle Beach

The Girls Varsity Soccer team finished the season with a record of 6-2 in Region and 7-8 overall. The girls managed to be undefeated for most of the season before losing to St. James.

They finished second in region, making it to the state playoffs where they lost to Lexington in the first round. 

The team was hampered by the fact that they had to share a single practice field with the three other soccer teams due to the construction of the new football field where they usually practice.

“Construction has limited our space, yet we have been able to work with the other teams to rotate the use of the practice field space,” Coach Jeffrey Church said. 

Their game field, which was at the South Strand Rec Center, also had poor conditions. Nevertheless, the team managed to push through and make the playoffs this year. This was an improvement from last year, where they finished in 4th in the region and missed out on playoffs.

“I think this year the Lady Braves soccer team gave it their all and accomplished what they all wanted,” Sophomore Rachel Hernandez said.

Some outstanding players were Kylie Baxter (Goalkeeper #22), Sarah McCann (Defense #18), Fianna Steves (Midfield #11), Paige Bailey (Forward #6) who with all the other members contributed to the success of the team. 

The team is losing five seniors this year. Coach Church is still optimistic for next year, regardless. 

“With a returning core of players, with continued focus on off-season workouts, and with more growth from our rising JV team, we look forward to the challenges of 2023,” he said.