By Keeli Parkey
The 2019 season came to an end for the Unicoi County High School girls’ soccer team with a 5-0 loss to Sullivan Central in the district tournament on Oct. 14. The Lady Devils finished the season 1-11 overall.
“The season was frustrating and good all at the same time,” head coach Justin Ciralsky told The Erwin Record. “It was frustrating because of the record and losses, but good in terms of the ladies’ progression from the start of the season until the end.”
The team’s only victory came at West Greene on Oct. 10 and the coach hopes to take that positive and use it as a springboard for next season.
“We played a great game against West Greene and even played well for a majority of the last game (against Sullivan Central,” Ciralksy said. “We have lots of work to do and we are committed to growing in the offseason.”
Six seniors – Isabelle Reynoso, Bernice Luquin, Zayra Andrade, Chelsea Kinil, Audrey Tipton and Gisel Llamas – played their last game as Lady Devils against Central.
“Our senior class was great,” Ciralsky said. “We will miss them and their leadership terribly, but they have done a great job training up the younger players, so I believe we are in good hands.”
This season was the first coaching the girls’ team for Ciralsky, who has been the head coach of the Blue Devils’ soccer for many years.
“It was different for sure,” Ciralsky said of coaching girls at the high school level. “I have coached girls club teams in the past and I have really enjoyed it. These girls had great attitudes throughout the season and they helped me grow as a coach for sure. We had a lot of fun with them this season. I am excited to see what the future holds.”