The Long County Lady Tide soccer team went 10-3 in 2015 and made the state playoffs for the second year in a row.
This year, the team is looking to continue that success under new coach Sabrina Caines. She said she has four key seniors returning, but that she also has several juniors who will make an impact.
“Our key returning players this year are seniors Harley Dawson, Megan Higgason, Nakia Hunter and Katie Estill,” Caines said. “We are also looking forward to seeing what our returning juniors Kylee Proffitt, Alexis Morero and goalie Elexxus Wrighton will bring to the playing field.”
Caines said her team’s strengths will defense, and a fast and powerful middle line. She also said the team has areas to work on.
“Our veteran goalie graduated last year, so we are in the process of training up goalies that lack experience, but make up for that with their drive, motivation and determination, we would also like to see our passing improve,” Caines said.
She said finding the right leaders will be crucial. She expects seniors to step up.
“We expect all of our seniors to emerge as leaders this season. In deciding who our captains will be, we will be looking for someone who understands that skills alone are not enough to earn the captain’s armband. We will expect our leaders to have a strong personality, a fair sense of discipline and the ability to lead,” Caines said.
This is the final year Long County will play in Region 2-AA. Next year the school will move to the Region 2-AAA. With this move, Caines said she wants her team to leave a lasting impression.