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Milton girls’ soccer tries to return to state elite level
by Greg Oshust
March 20, 2014 01:33 PM | 2573 views | 1 1 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray / The Milton girls' soccer team will try to repeat its success of 2012, when it won the Class AAAAAA state championship, with a talented, veteran lineup.
Staff / Erin Gray / The Milton girls' soccer team will try to repeat its success of 2012, when it won the Class AAAAAA state championship, with a talented, veteran lineup.
It was only two years ago that the Milton girls’ soccer team enjoyed a magical season, achieving a near-perfect 23-0-1 record and winning the Class AAAAAA state championship.

After a season of rebuilding last year, the Eagles appear primed to make another serious run at a state title with a talented, veteran lineup.

Milton has lived up to its potential so far this season with a 6-1 overall record and 3-0 mark in Region 6AAAAAA. Losing 14 seniors – including nine who signed with NCAA Division I colleges – from the 2012 state championship team, the Eagles took a step back last year as they went 10-8 and lost in the first round of the AAAAAA playoffs.

However, with a more experienced squad this season, Milton community coach Philip Broome said the Eagles are looking more like the team that won it all in ’12.

“Last year, we were very, very young,” Broome said. “[2012] was a magical season and once you go 23-0-1, it’s tough to do that again. But, we have some very good seniors on the team this year, so we look more like that 2012 team than we did last year.”

The Eagles feature a team that combines strong veteran leadership with some promising younger players and Broome is encouraged by how the two groups have come together to play as a team.

“We have senior leadership and underclassmen who play at a high level,” Broome said. “I’m impressed with how this team has come together as a unit and how this team comes to practice and trains hard every single day. It’s a very close-knit group with a very strong work ethic and in that way, it resembles that 2012 team.”

Senior forwards Imani Walker – a Drexel signee – and Sanna Levine and senior defenders Briana Sobel and Sam Craig are the veteran leaders for Milton, while freshman forward Belle Briede is among the most promising of the younger players.

The Eagles once again will have to battle their way through a challenging Region 6AAAAAA that features the likes of state powerhouses Walton and Lassiter as well as north Fulton archrival Roswell.

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Sports Editor
March 22, 2014
Two years ago, Milton's record was 23-1-0, not 23-0-1. They had an overtime end in a tie, but subsequently lost the game on kicks from the mark.
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