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Season ends for Lady Devil soccer team

By Keeli Parkey

The 2018 season soccer season came to an end for Unicoi County High School last week.

Playing in the first round of the District 1-AA tournament, the Lady Devils (2-13) lost to Sullivan Central in a do-or-die game. The final score was 9-0.

“The season as a whole was a learning experience for the team,” head coach Bettina Chirica told The Erwin Record. “The majority of the girls have never played soccer before, so they learned how to play the game, but even more importantly, they built lifelong skills of teamwork, commitment, and discipline. The girls created friendships that will last a lifetime.”

A group of six seniors led the team this season.

“The seniors were the glue that held the team together,” Chirica said. “Two of them, Katherine Altemose and Andrea Lopez have been with the team since the first year that it started four years ago. Other seniors included Halie Hawkins, Juana Ponce, Spencer Garant and Carly Kinsler. The legacy they leave are the foundation for future generations to come. I’m so thankful for the leadership and commitment of the seniors. They will be dearly missed.”

Chirica said that Garant, who is a student a Cloudland High School and co-oped to UCHS to play soccer, will be signing with the soccer team at Lees-McRae College in the near future.

Offseason work for next season’s Lady Devils will begin later this month on an indoor field, Chirica also said.