“The Adairsville girls soccer program continues to improve with the goal of being competitive in every game this season… About half the team is returning starters The team has also picked up a good batch of ninth-graders who will contribute this season, adding depth to the team,” said head coach Dave Sexauer.
Sexauer also said “the team is looking to last year’s subs to step up and compete” during this year’s matchups.
In their first regular season game the Lady Tigers lost a close one to Ringgold, 4-3 on penalty kicks, but defeated Coahulla Creek, 4-1, in game two.
This year’s team is led by senior captains Nisa Ayers and Cassidy Greene and junior captain Cherish Lowery.
While it is still early in the season, Sexauer said he and assistant coaches Lance Hall and Lee Whitaker see an improvement from last season and, given their schedule this year, that’s a good thing.
“The coaching staff believes the team is better all around at this point in the season compared to the same time last year. That’s important because there are no weak soccer teams in the newly aligned region with nearly every match a region match,” Sexauer said.
According to Sexauer, the reason the girls have improved is hard work during the offseason to hone their soccer skills and to stay in shape by playing other school sports.
“Many of the Lady Tigers have dedicated themselves to athletic improvement throughout the year. The girls have also kept their foot on a soccer ball out of season participating in summer camps and tournaments as well as fall and winter leagues,” Sexauer said.
At this point, the coaching staff “continues to refine players into positions” that will best utilize their particular skill set. Some starters have even had to change positions to better fit formation changes.