cchs girls soccer

Members of the CCHS Lady Jets soccer team are, seated, front row, Missy Bargayo, Courtney Pearson, Taylor Williams, Ellie Jo Krumpols, Victoria Ports and Stephanie Carrillo; second row, Lanna Martin, Genny Kemp, Kendall Yates, Macy Qualls, Alison Gentry and Madison Davis; third row, Rebecca Kennedy, Lorin Smith, Rebecca Taylor, Amanda Whittle and Kelsey Kirby; and fourth row, Glenda Brady, Barbara Brady, Kelly Raulerson, Melissa Heinzer and Kayla Dorsey. Not present: Mary Patterson.

After playing with a total roster of 14 healthy players throughout the 2006 season due to the high school split, the Cumberland County High School Lady Jets soccer team is off to an incredible start for 2007.

With eight returning players on the roster, the Lady Jets are gearing toward a successful varsity and junior varsity season with a total of 24 girls.

There are five seniors on the Lady Jets soccer team for the fall.

They are Genny Kemp, Macy Qualls, Lanna Martin, Barbie Griner and Ashley Atkins.

"Genny is the only four-year starter on the roster. She will be serving as one of our captains throughout her senior season. Genny has always contributed to the offensive strength of this team, playing mostly forward over the past three seasons. We look forward to her finesse with the ball again this year," said Coach Angie Spitler.

"Barbie is again balancing her involvement with the CCHS color guards, instructing karate, and playing soccer."

Three other seniors are first-time soccer players.

"Macy has picked up the game fast with her dedication to the summer schedule. With her athleticism and drive, she will contribute to the team offensively and defensively," added Spitler.

"Lanna will make a huge difference on the field with her speed. Ashley joined the team late in the summer and is catching on quickly to the concepts of the game," she continued.

There are seven juniors on the team — Mary Patterson, Stephanie Crillo, Taylor Williams, Amanda Whittle, Barbara Brady, Madison Davis, Kelsey Kirby and Allison Gentry.

"Out of the seven juniors, there are five girls who have played soccer at CCHS since their freshman year. Madison is one of the head captains, along with Genny. Maddi has played soccer for many years and her heart and perseverance is exactly what this team needs as far as being a captain and leading us to a winning season. She will be playing midfield and forward," noted Spitler.

"Taylor is serving as co-captain because of the example she leads on a daily basis. She gives 100 percent all the time and everywhere...on the soccer field, on the basketball court, and in the classroom. Her ability to challenge and win the ball is remarkable offensively and defensively," Spitler noted.

"Mary is also serving the team as a co-captain. She has a knack for strong defense. She contains the opponent beautifully and never lets a player turn without a knock-down-drag-out challenge. Mary was named second team All-Region for defense in 2006.

"Alison is back for her third season after a serious knee injury early in the 2006 season. She has been conditioning with her team all summer and will join in the competition as soon as she is able. She will be a key player on offense and defense.

"Amanda is a third-year player and will lead our junior varsity squad as the captain. She has worked hard this summer and with her field experience and will lead the team to many victories.

"Stephanie is a new face to the soccer field this year. With the speed of this player, she will be a huge asset as she gains self-confidence. Barbara Brady has many years of soccer under her belt, but has been out of the game for two years with a serious ankle injury. She is a smart defender who will make a big difference," Spitler continued.

There are seven sophomores on the team — Melissa Heinzer, Kayli Dorsey, Missy Bargayo, Lorin Smith, Glenda Brady, Kelly Raulerson and Kendal Yates.

"Three of our sophomores are dual-tasking — playing basketball and soccer. Missy is playing competitive soccer for the first time and tearing it up on offense. From knowing nothing about soccer three months ago to starting on the varsity team is highly commendable," noted Spitler.

"Kendal is serving the Lady Jets as the varsity keeper. Her height and hand/eye coordination along with her speed will support the ladies well in the goal. Lorin had a late summer injury and will be supporting the Lady Jets as our manager (along with Gentry) until her healing is complete.

"Melissa is playing her second year with the Lady Jets and after her hard summer training out-of-state, her speed has improved daily, which will ensure a huge contribution to the team defensively and offensively.

"Glenda is a second-year CCHS player. She is back on the field and will contribute to any position with great athleticism. Kayli is a first-year player and has improved tremendously since summer training began. She will play in the midfield this season.

"Our last sophomore comes to CCHS from SMHS. Kelli has already proven her talent on the field as the sweeper who takes no prisoners. She has played soccer for many years. Her first instinct and ability to read a player will defend the Lady Jets to a successful season," Spitler added.

The five freshmen team members are Victoria Ports, Ellie Jo Krumpols, Rebecca Taylor, Courtney Pearson and Rebecca Kennedy.

"Of the five, four have played soccer since they were young. Rebecca is a versatile player, leading the junior varsity team as the keeper and captain (along with Amanda). Her mobility as a player (goal keeper, midfield, offense, and defense) will guarantee a starting position on the varsity team.

"Ellie Jo, who will start the season as a leading forward, has unbelievable speed and control with the ball. This girl is fun to watch because of her quick feet. Turning, chopping and winning goal-side looks easy when the ball is at Ellie's feet.

"Victoria will 'man' the center of our field. She has always had a great vision of the field and can distribute with the left and right foot with great accuracy. How exciting it will be to watch this girl grow with the team.

"Rebecca Taylor, who was a great asset to the county-wide team in the spring, will serve the Lady Jets on defense and offense this season. Courtney, a first year player, has been working all summer on confidence. Her speed is going to set her apart from the competition." Spitler continued.

The Lady Jets are coached by Cub Whitson, a first-year teacher at CCHS. He will teach history and coach the freshmen girls basketball team. Spitler will be coaching the Lady Jets for the fourth season.

With much needed new uniforms, new warm-ups, new bags, and new equipment, the Lady Jets soccer team wants to thank all the supporters who have given their time and money to help ensure a successful season.

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