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Lady Panthers play with heart
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*Liberty County goalkeeper Allie Sayers made 32 saves for the Lady Panthers in Friday’s loss to Richmond Hill. - photo by Photo by Jimmy Courier
Imagine having a varsity soccer team with several girls who have never touched a ball before in their life.
Now, imagine having to compete in one of the most difficult regions in the area.
For Darryl McCulley and Liberty County High School, that’s not a fabrication but a reality.
The Lady Panthers are seven games into the season and still looking for a victory. Nevertheless, McCulley says his team hustles and is improving each game.
“They have potential,” he said. “We’re young and we are running into more experienced teams. My goal is to limit the damage the teams can do.”
The Lady Panthers opened Region 3-AAA south play Friday with an 11-0 loss to area powerhouse Richmond Hill. It doesn’t get any easier as LCHS faces state powerhouse St. Vincent’s in Savannah on Thursday.
“We’re just going to take it one game at a time and look for little successes,” McCulley said. “I want them to keep a good attitude each week and do what we can.”
In the loss to Richmond Hill, McCulley said the team hustled and attacked the ball better. The Lady Panthers had worked on passing in practice and in the game it showed. The team saw the person they were passing to before delivering the ball.
With a young team, experience and leadership are needed. McCulley relies on goalkeeper Allie Sayers and three captains to lead the team. Sayers made 32 saves Friday. Captains include seniors Susan Pomarnke, Jenny Pope and junior Sarah Carrier.
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