By Trey Williams
The Unicoi County girls’ soccer team had a lot of inexperience and little depth this season, which it concluded with a 2-10 record. The Blue Devils were winless (0-6) in conference play, but coach Greg Pliler saw plenty of positives.
“Our team captains, Lana Deshner and Iliana Martinez, along with the whole senior squad, had a hard fought season and played with heart all the time,” Pliler said. “Lana had to miss the last two games due to an ankle injury but scored a goal in her last game as a fullback. All the seniors played hard and were asked to play all the games with minimal to no subs for them, so I’d like them to be recognized for that. Senior Valeria Ponce only was out when she sustained a nasty wrist injury towards the end of the season.”
Much was asked of junior goalie Lacey Ashley, and she never shied away from action.
“I’d like to recognize our goalie, Lacey, for her aggressive play all year long,” Pliler said. “She had many great saves this year that were impressive.”
Ashley will be back to anchor a promising list of returnees. The Blue Devils play a number of freshmen this season.
“While all improved over the season, a few freshmen stood out,” Pliler said. “Sofia Powers and Karen Reyes showed great improvement in the forward position. And in the backfield Amy Cannon, Jacey Ashley and Aguada Sondova made notable improvements over the season.”