“The season is going as I expected it to go. We had a couple of tough matches against Douglas County and Villa Rica, but we won one and tied the other,” said head coach Chris Watts.
The team currently has two leading the team in goals and assists from the striker position. Sophomore Alyssia Lowers leads the way with 16 goals and seven assists with junior Shayy Crawford just behind with 13 goals and eight assists.
Senior midfielders Elizabeth Odom and Alex Watts both add four goals apiece to the team’s total as well.
On the defensive end, the young but highly experienced goalie, Taylor Sorrows, has only given up four goals this season after coming off a shutout season at Chapel Hill Middle School last year.
“She’s just played very, very well for us. She has great instincts for a freshman and good keeper habits,” Watts said.
Supporting Sorrows in the backfield are defenders Kyra Anderson, Alexis Breed, Micayla Davidson and Jordan Raley, all of whom Watts said are playing well together.
“The entire team is even more balanced than we were last year. This team here, minus the freshmen, has been together for the last two to three years,” said Watts.
The Lady Panthers hosted and defeated Region 4-AAA foe Rockmart 9-0 March 22, continuing to meet the expectations on both sides of the ball.
“I’ve been most pleased that the defense is as strong as I thought it would be and on offense we’re putting the ball in the net,” said Watts.
Prior to this matchup Watts appeared more focused on his team playing well overall.
“Any time you play in the region it’s important. Going into every match we focus on playing our game so I feel good about our chances. We play the same no matter who we’re playing,” Watts said.
For this season, Watts said it is the team’s goal to win the region championship and make it back to the state playoffs.
“We haven’t made the playoffs in two years and Chapel Hill soccer makes the playoffs,” said Watts.