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Despite graduations Lady Tide soccer coach optimistic
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It’s been quite a season for the Long County High School girls soccer team, which finished 9-8 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Class AAA tournament.

But with the end of the school year fast approaching, the Ludowici team will be losing six key players.

Seniors Elexxus Wrighton, Kylee Proffitt, Alexis Marrero, Charlene Percell and Amie Poindexter all will be graduating this month, while junior Karelis Jones will move to Florida, according to Tide coach Sabrina Caines. She said all of these players will be missed and tough to replace.

"Elexxus has played a huge factor in the success of our team over the last two years," Caines said. "We would not have made it to state playoffs two season in a row without her. Her leadership ability on the field has been invaluable, and she will be a devastating loss for us."

"We are also losing Kylee Proffitt, whose versatility and leadership will be missed," the coach said. "Kylee has really grown into her ability this season, and has really had a huge impact on our success. I have no doubt that she will have a successful future, her stamina and tenacity will be missed."

Caines said, "Alexis Marrero has also really shined this season. Without her game winning goal, we would not have made it to Sweet 16 this season. She has also taken on a leadership role this season, and will be missed."

The coach also praised her other two seniors.

"Charlene has been with us for two seasons, and Amie came to us from Bradwell this season. Both have been an asset to our team, and will also be missed," Caines said.

"Karelis plays with more heart than most players, and her efforts have helped us during each and every game," Caines said. She is an amazing goalie, defender, and midfield player, she’s always positive and a natural motivator, we will all miss her."

Despite losing all of this talent, Caines said she expects her team to do even better next year.

"I expect a stronger team next year, we have a few prospects coming up from our middle school that will make a great addition to what we have built this season," she said. "I am proud of their growth, their effort, and their hustle, we have come such a long way from when we started, and have made it further than should be possible during a building year. I am excited to see where this young team goes, the sky is the limit."

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