By Corbin Marshall
Oct. 3, 2012 —
A driven East Carter soccer program kept the scoreboard moving last Thursday night in their matches against Bath County.
Fair weather and an excited atmosphere welcomed the seniors of East to their night of recognition. Nearly 17 seniors started in what would be their last regular season home game ever. Not only were the seniors honored this night, but they also performed exceptionally well.
The girls kicked things off with a high-scoring first half of their game. Goal scorers in the first half included the following: Taylor Burnett, Jennifer Adams, Ashley McDowell, Macy Dyer, Addie Damron, and Skyler LeGrande.
The second half would paint a similar picture with three more goals.
Senior Lexie Cline ended the match with a rocket from outside the 18 that made the final score of the match a 10-0 mercy. Coach Ben Fritz was very pleased with the girls’ performance. “We came out, took care of business, and did the things we needed to do to end the game early,” said Fritz.
The Lady Raiders’ male counterparts would not breeze by so easily, but in the end they proved resilient against Bath County.
Each senior was able to step onto the pitch; even the injured got to start the match before being subbed out.
Quinn Huddle struck first with a juke and low shot, ending the Raiders’ unlucky streak of barely missed shots. Elijah Green also scored in the first half.
A bit of rough play lead to an East Carter penalty kick in the last moments of the first half.
Ushering from fellow teammates and the crowd finally convinced senior Dalton Gifford to take the shot. Gifford has been a starting defender for the Raiders since his freshman year, but had never scored in his high school career. Nerves were high as the crowed hushed for the PK. Gifford was able to easily place the ball in the back of the net in a very fitting moment for the team’s senior night.
Elijah Green would also score in the second half, ending the game for a 4–2 Raiders’ win.
When asked about the direction of the season, Fritz said, “the boys have had a rough stretch, but at the same time they are starting to play better and come together. We are getting over a lot of injuries, but once we do that I think we’ll be ready.”
And as for the girls, Fritz kept it positive.
“These girls want to repeat and I feel like they have worked hard enough to be able to accomplish that.”
The East Carter soccer program will be losing 17 seniors after this season. While this may be disheartening for the coaches to think about, the excellence of the program should aid in rebuilding the team for next season.