On Tuesday the Long County High School girls soccer team’s season came to an end with a heart-breaking loss to Adairsville High School (15-4). Playing in Ludowici the Lady Tide and the Tigers went tooth-and-nail against each other for the majority of the game. But with less than two minutes to play in regulation Adairsville’s Gillian Johnson punched in a goal to steal the win 1-0. Though Long County lost, head coach Sabrina Caines had nothing but praise for her team and their opponents.
“My girls played an amazing game, the best of their entire season, they showed more heart and hustle than all of our previous games combined. I think we were equally matched and that the win could have gone either way, a small break in our defense gave Adairsville the opportunity they needed to score their winning goal, they were a very skilled and technical team”, said Caines.
The Lady Tide end their season with a trip to the Sweet-16 round of the state playoffs and a record of 9-8. 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 be relocating to Florida. According to Caines 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, 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”, said Caines.
“We are also losing Kylee Proffitt, whose versatility and leadership will be missed, 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”, said Caines.
“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”, said Caines.
“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”, said Caines.
“Karelis plays with more heart than most players, and her efforts have helped us during each and every game, she is an amazing goalie, defender, and midfield player, she’s always positive and a natural motivator, we will all miss her”, said Caines.
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, 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”, said Caines.