“We’ve had to make adjustments due to the bad weather that we’ve been receiving,” first-year head coach Matthew Martin said. “We missed a full week due to the snow but have been able to practice hard this past week.”
Martin, who previously worked as an assistant coach for the boys’ basketball and football teams at Lassiter, has taken on the same roles at Douglas County in addition to the soccer duties and has been impressed with his squad’s preseason preparations. “Since we began conditioning in December, there has been a core group of good girls ready to come back after losing in the playoffs last year,” Martin said. “They want to go even further this year and have the best overall program at the school.”
The Tigers look to be led by sophomore All-County left striker Kaitlynn Lewis, who Martin marks as the vocal leader of the team and scored 18 goals last season, and junior goalkeeper Danielle Cavalcante who also made the All-County squad. Freshman left winger Madison Truitt will also see significant time for Douglas County. “Our practices have been going well,” Lewis said. “Everyone looks good and we’re ready for the season.”
“We didn’t give up last year and the new players are coming into this season with a good heart and mindset into the game,” Cavalcante said. “The players are excited about Coach Martin because we have better plays and drills to use. We want to work as a team and motivate each other. ”
The Tigers open the season next Wednesday at home against South Cobb and have high hopes for the program overall. “In the past, Douglas County hasn’t had the best team but we surprised people last year and expect to go even further this year,” Lewis said.