Girls Soccer Season is upon us! Here is the preview that was posted in The Ledger:
Coach: Kayla Grimsley (1st year).
2016-17 record: 15-9-1.
Key Losses: Cheyenne Andrews, Megan Hines, Emily English.
Returning Players: Olivia Ireland (Jr., F), Cassidy Stephens (So., F), Merica Abnathy (So., F), Emily Giddens (Sr., MF/D), Makenna Turley (So., MF), Ivy Bickerton (So., MF), Morgan Joiner (So., D), Kaitlyn Hosegood (So., D), Libby Adkins (D), Sara Miller (Jr., MF), Abigail Harper (Jr., MF), Samantha Lagasse (So., D).
New Players: Ellie Gutierrez (Fr., MF), Alexis Mckenzie (Fr., D), Emerson Ellis (Jr., GK), Abigail Walmsley (So., MF), Claire Whitney (So., F), Hanna Mcdonnell (Sr., F), Madison Chancey (So., GK), Hope Kaiser (Sr., F).
Outlook: Kayla Grimsley, who led the Eagles to the state title in 2008 and is one of the best players to come out of Polk County, takes over as head coach for Dominic Stross. She had been an assistant at Bartow the last couple of years. The offense lost top scorer Cheyenne Andrews and playmer Emily English, but Olivia Ireland has been a key scorer the past two years. Cassidy Stephens and Ivy Bicketon should help keep the offense potent. Emmerson Ellis is a talented goalkeeper.