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Girls soccer passes programs all-time winning record

Olivia Lauter
Senior forward no. 8 Maya Hignite hugs freshman forward no. 20 Emma Nelson in celebration of Nelson’s goal. The team beat their overall record this season and will start playoff play this week.

The girls soccer team hit a milestone Friday against Rock Hill as they passed their all-time record for most wins in a season since 2011. Their total record on the season is 18-2-1.

“We went crazy when the whistle blew,” junior forward and midfielder Paige Young said. “We all were so proud of each other and how we defied the odds to reach this milestone because all of us have been through so much together to get to this point.”

The 2011 leopards, under head coach Jeff Kear, went 17-1-7, clearing the way for the 2021-2022 team to surpass their record.

“Winning 18 games was never our goal to start the season, but it is a result of all the hard work the girls have put in since we started working together four years ago,” head coach Ian Keeble said. “Winning 18 games is great, but we really want to win our next one, our first round playoff game later this week.”

Not only did the victory secure the school record in wins, it was also a noteworthy win against a previously undefeated Rock Hill team that went into the game 19-0-1.

“It felt so amazing to beat Rock Hill,” Young said. “After we played them the first time, we all wanted to redeem ourselves. We maintained possession in the offensive half most of the game and were able to finish our chances. Our defense rocked it out there, and I’m so proud of how composed we stayed under the pressure that was building when Rock Hill got frustrated.”

Juniors Young and Emmy Wood were the two scorers in the game.

“We played really well against Rock Hill,” Keeble said. “We took care of the ball in the back and in midfield that led to our attackers having more freedom to be creative and combine. We were also outstanding in transition. Breaking the program record for wins in a season and beating an undefeated Rock Hill team were just other things that made the night special.”

As the last home game, the night was sentimental for the team’s six seniors: Amiya Callicut, Tatum Chester, Maya Hignite, Kailey McDonald, Conley Miller and Avery Templin.

“It was a really bittersweet feeling when we all realized it was their last home game,” Young said. “It was the best home game to finish on because we were so proud of ourselves, but everyone got really emotional when reality set in that it was their last time on our home field.”

The team will find out soon who their first round opponent will be in the playoffs, and will lean on their team chemistry to get deep into the postseason.

“A lot of the success we’ve had this season is not only how we play on the field, but also how we all act with each other off the field,” Wood said. “The whole team is so close with each other that we know we can all work together and play together. We connect so well on the field because of the trust we have in each other and the belief we have in everyone. We know what we are capable of as a team and everything we can do, which will allow us to put in the work and everything we have into the playoffs.”


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Will Doig, Section Editor
Entering his farewell year, senior Will Doig is excited about becoming a sports editor. Outside of the newsroom, you can find Doig watching any latest sporting event, hanging out with his friends and hitting the gym. Doig also loves volunteering at his church, going to The Porch with friends and eating Chipotle burritos. Doig appreciates some solid coffee, Saturday college football games in the fall and country music. Although the year will be an unprecedented one with college decisions looming, Doig is thrilled for the year ahead while concluding his TRL career with fellow sports editor and Leopard Life classmate, Margo.
Olivia Lauter, Section Editor
Heading into her fourth and final year in TRL, senior Olivia Lauter could not be more thrilled to soak up every last minute of shooting sports, events and portraits for her favorite publication. Lauter has spent every day of her high school career with a camera around her neck, and you won’t catch her without it until graduation day. As well as being the photo editor for TRL, Lauter is a varsity cheerleader and involved in PALS and NHS. When she’s not on the sidelines with her camera or cheering on the Leopards, Lauter is with her friends, who she adores more than life itself. You will probably hear “last time, best time” and how “bittersweet” senior year is continually from Lauter this year, but she is just excited to spend one more year doing what she loves alongside the people she loves on TRL.

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