Shallotte girls’ soccer team finishes season third in league

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Staff Report

The Shallotte U18 girls’ soccer team ended its season in the Cape Fear Soccer Club recreation league with a 3-0 win over Osmotica Pharmaceuticals earlier this month at Veterans Park in Wilmington. Shallotte finished the fall season in third place and with a 4-3-1 record, which included three shutouts.
The team comprises a broad mix of high school-aged girls, including new freshmen as well as current junior varsity and varsity players from the West Brunswick teams.
The team members are Taylor Oakes, Laci Ludlum, Madison Simmons, Abbey Long, Alexa Evans, Hannah Giordano, Kacey Galloway, Brooke Piver, Casey Bell, Meg Fletcher, Bailey Lewis, Heather Newhouse, Adriane Tribble, Breille Sanchez and T’ea Davis. Coaches are Pete Bell, Greg Oakes and Johnny Craig.
“Each of the girls improved technically during the season and gained a better technical understanding of the game through playing in a smaller, eight-against-eight format on a smaller field,” Craig said. “I believe they responded well making the transition from playing full-sided 11-against-11 soccer during the high school season.
“The girls worked very hard to improve during training sessions and matches and displayed great attitudes and were very coachable. This was such an outstanding group of young ladies as each is an exceptional member of the school community. They excel academically, are involved in other school activities and athletics, have part-time jobs, are active in their churches and youth groups and come from great, supportive homes. Despite their extremely busy schedules, each of them found a way to include soccer in her life and I commend everyone for that.
“Their commitment to year-round play is very exemplary of what is required to compete in soccer at the high school level these days and at the higher  levels of the game as well.
“Their goals were to have fun, gain a greater understanding of the game, improve technically and tactically and be the most prepared for the high school season in the spring. I believe the girls accomplished each of the goals and had a good time doing so.”