Reflecting on soccer season for EHS girls a good thing


  The 1A-AA All-Region team was released last week for the 2004 girls soccer season, and the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones posted two athletes to the team while one was named player of the year.
  Sophia Murillo and Abbie Jenkins was named All-Region while the Region I Player of the Year goes to the well-deserved Samantha McClay.
  The rest of the All-Region squad is the following: Alison Hazelbaker, Calie Middleton, Tory Scott, Carolyn Lynden and Latoshia Hopewell of Pigeon Forge; Brooke Murphy, Heather Bowman, Brit White and Kristi Jennings of Chuckey-Doak; Lauren Everhart of Gatlinburg-Pittman; Kelly Foster and Jane Kassen of University High; and Rachel Martin of Sullivan Central.
  Coach-of-the-Year honors go to Kara Breeden of Pigeon Forge.
  The Lady Cyclone soccer team has wrapped up another successful season with the leadership of eight outstanding seniors. The team finished up 10-6-2 overall and won the District 1 Championship after defeating district foe University High.
  "The one thing I can say about all the girls is that they have been involved in the community," Cyclone head coach Bill McClay said. "They have served as role models for a number of girls who want to do what they do. They have been good representatives of the community and Elizabethton High School."
  Samantha McClay lead the team in goals this season with 41, bringing her four-year total to 125, which places her fourth in all-time scorers in the state. She also broke a goal total with six against Sullivan North.
  Sophomore Brianne Gouge and freshman Mara LaPorte each had six goals this season. Senior Maria Francisco had two goals while freshman Amy Aubrey, sophomore Murillo, junior Natasha Baker and senior Savannah Cairnes each had one.
  "The eight graduating girls finish with 40 wins over their four years," Coach McClay said. "They have all had winning seasons the four years. Those were all big accomplishments, and what it does is set the standard higher for those freshmen coming in. We need to pick up and step up to what this group has done.
  "This group has worked very hard. We had small injuries that required the girls to switch positions. It took us a little bit out of our rhythm and it put us in a scoring lull because we weren't were we expected to see everybody. But at the same time, they fought through it and they did a pretty good job."
  Gouge lead the team in assist with 11 with LaPorte and McClay both totaling seven assists. Senior Karin Kitchens had six assists while Baker and Murillo each had two. Sophomore Rachael Oliver and senior Leslie Blowers each had an assist this year.
  Goalkeeper Murillo had three shutouts this season allowing an average of three goals a game, although that number is skewed by the high-scoring game against Dobyns-Bennett.
  Senior Sarah Burgoyne; juniors Moti Agunbiade, Ariel Rockett and Jeanette Teal; sophomores Chassie Hodge and Denise Odom; and freshmen Chloe Bremer and Leslie Dauksch round out the 2004 Lady Cyclone team.
  "The big thing this season was we met our goal to win the district tournament," Coach McClay said. "Outside of a couple of games, defensively we played pretty well. If you took out that first game of the season against Dobyns-Bennett, which was only after a week of practice, that puts us very close to what we had been doing prior to this season defensively. I think that our numbers were pretty good on defense.
  "We scored 50 goals in the regular season and I am pretty happy with that. I am glad that we got to host that first regional game although we were disappointed with the result. Not taking away anything from Pigeon Forge, but we were very happy with the district result and not the regional. Most of the girls have gotten a decent amount of experience. Overall, I am really happy with what they have done this year."