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South working on consistency
by Ericka Birdsong
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March 28, 2013 11:26 AM | 862 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, South Paulding players Chris Banks, T.C. Cannon, Brian Richardson and Jacob Williams.
From left, South Paulding players Chris Banks, T.C. Cannon, Brian Richardson and Jacob Williams.
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After starting the season off well enough to get ranked for the first time in school history, the South Paulding boys’ soccer team let success go to their head and led them to playing inconsistently, their coach said.

“We started out pretty well then we got ranked and got overconfident. My biggest worry is our inconsistency. We’ll play really well in some [games] then poor in others. Our focus comes and goes,” said head coach Josh Carmichael.

While getting ranked led to a slight downfall, Carmichael said it helped put things into perspective and showed the team that it’s not about rankings but how every game is played.

With a record of 5-4 before playing Villa Rica on March 22, the Spartans were working to get more wins on the board.

“We played well on Tuesday with eight goals. I’m hoping we can continue,” said Carmichael.

The Tuesday game on March 19 was a shutout of Paulding County and, according to Carmichael, was their best game yet.

“We had five goals in the first half. We finished the opportunities we got. We put three more in in the second half. That’s as good as we’ve looked all season, offensively. We looked like we’ve actually practiced,” Carmichael said.

The team currently has eight seniors, with one being injured, and Carmichael named them as his key returners. Of those eight Carmichael mentioned three players specifically – goalie Chris Banks, forward and midfielder T.C. Cannon and defender Brian Richardson.

Along with these seniors, Carmichael mentioned junior Scott Shrine as an “unselfish” player, taking on more of a defensive role than he would like.

For this season, Carmichael said the team is striving to make it back to the state playoffs after making it to the first round last season before falling to Tucker, 5-1. Not only do the Spartans want to get into the playoffs, but they want to host a game.

“We’re trying to host a playoff game which means we have to finish as the first or second seed. We’ve never done it so that’s really the only thing we’ve focused on,” said Carmichael.
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