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Soccer team falls to defending state champions

By Keeli Parkey

The Unicoi County High School girls soccer team (0-4, 0-1) saw firsthand why Greeneville holds the title of defending state champions on the road last week.

The Lady Devils found themselves on the losing end of a 9-0 contest in Greene County on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

“Unfortunately for us, Greeneville is a strong and solid team, and they were able to easily move the ball around us,” Lady Devil head coach Bettina Chirica told The Erwin Record. “It was a challenging game, but we gave our best effort.”

Turning in a solid performance for UCHS was junior Halie Hawkins.

“Halie had a strong work rate,” Chirica said. “She was always where the action was taking place.”

The Lady Devils can take a lot away from the loss to Greeneville, according to their head coach.

“Playing against Greeneville was a good experience for the girls to see quality soccer and to get a better understanding of how important it is to play year round,” Chirica said. “The more they play, the better they will become.”

The Lady Devils were scheduled to travel to Volunteer for a conference game on Tuesday, Aug. 29, following The Erwin Record’s press deadline for this issue. They are also scheduled to go on the road to face Daniel Boone on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 5:30 p.m.

“For the games ahead we are going to go in more fit and continue playing for each other, our school, and our community; playing with heart is winning half the battle,” Chirica said.