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North Atlanta girls’ soccer jumps out to stronger start
by Greg Oshust
March 13, 2014 09:19 AM | 1646 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, North Atlanta’s Callie Nelson maintains control of the ball during practice.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, North Atlanta’s Callie Nelson maintains control of the ball during practice.
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The 2013 season was a comeback year for the North Atlanta girls’ soccer team, which went 10-8 and qualified for the Class AAAAA state playoffs after going 2-14 in ’12.

The Lady Warriors appear to be building on last year’s success after winning four of their first five games of the ’14 campaign.

North Atlanta has been nothing short of dominant so far, outscoring its opponents 40-7 in its first five contests of the new season despite missing a number of starters from its lineup due to club team obligations.

The Lady Warriors have scored double-digit goals in three of their four wins, beating Southwest DeKalb 10-0 Feb. 19, Dunwoody 11-1 Feb. 25 and Clarkston 10-0 last Tuesday.

“I think its gone overall really well,” North Atlanta girls’ soccer coach Robert Bramlett said. “Our only loss to Chamblee [6-2, Feb. 21] was a result of our missing six of our starters.

“Some of them play for their clubs and are traveling a lot and so it’s difficult, because I have girls in and out of practice.”

The Lady Warriors return most of their players from last year’s state playoff team, but it is a young roster that features only two seniors.

However, Bramlett said he is impressed with the balance and depth of his squad.

“We’re a very balanced team,” he said. “We have a lot of strength, a lot of speed and we pass the ball really well. We have equally capable players all around the field. We have two solid defenders, a particularly solid midfielder and we have players who play well on top. We’ve gotten the same amount of goals from defenders, midfielders and offensive players.”

Sophomore center midfielder/defender Caroline Saltmarsh has led the way for North Atlanta with six goals through the first five games of the season.

The Lady Warriors also hope to get a boost from senior left back and Emory signee Teresa Durham, who is expected to return to action by the end of the month after being out with a sprained left ankle she injured in the season opener.

North Atlanta also relies on two sets of sisters — sophomore midfielder/forward Claire Shea, freshman center back Bonnie Shea, junior midfielder Sosie Kurtz and freshman forward Emma Kurtz — as well as senior center back Emma Petterson.

The Lady Warriors finished runner-up in Region 6AAAAA last year and look to contend once again this season as they try to unseat defending region champion Lakeside of DeKalb County.

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