The Long County girls soccer team’s Cinderella season ended May 4 with a loss to Greater Atlanta Christian School (13-4-1) in Atlanta.
The Lady Tide were no match, falling 10-0. Going into the game Long County knew the match would be a tough one as the Lady Spartans were ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 26 in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com.
With the win, Greater Atlanta moved into the Elite Eight round of the playoffs, set to take on Thomasville High School (10-6-1).
Lady Tide coach Sabrina Caines said she was proud of her team’s effort.
“They were tough, but I was very proud that the girls never gave up or quit,” she said. “It was a testament to their spirit.”
With the loss, Long County ends the season with a 13-4 overall record and a 10-2 mark in Region 2-AA, which were both team bests.
“My team had the best year in school history,” the coach said. “They worked so hard to improve their skills and showed a great love for each other and the game. These girls are amazing, and I was honored to be their coach. They maintained a positive attitude and showed great sportsmanship at all times. They did nothing short of play their hearts out this year.”
This year was Caines’ first year of leading the Lady Tide.
“I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to coach these girls this year,” she said. “I have watched them grow both as individual players and as a team. I couldn’t be more proud to share this season with them.”