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Central High School’s Lady Raider soccer team recently wrapped up one of its most successful seasons in program history with a loss to Soddy Daisy in the Region 3-AAA tournament
Last week, three of the players who helped lead the history-making team picked up postseason honors.
Junior Katie Reid was named First Team 3-AAA All-Region and seniors Tasha Anderson and Ashlyn Elledge were named to the second team.
“Katie really anchored our offensive attack,” said first-year head coach David Amado, who led the team to a 14-6-1 record and the program’s first-ever wins over Tullahoma and Shelbyville.
Reid led the team with 38 goals and eight assists.
“It’s a huge honor,” stated Reid. “I have worked really hard and it feels like some of my hard work has paid off. But I owe it to my team and my coaches and my family and friends supporting me through all my practices and games and off the field, too.”
Anderson added 15 goals and 12 assists. Elledge, a four-year starter in the goal, faced 223 shots on goal and was still able to piece together three shutouts.
“This season has been a memorable one at the least,” explained Anderson. “As a team we have accomplished things many people didn’t think we could. With the right coaching and attitudes we were able to go further than we have before.
“I owe my success to my coaches, fans, and most of all my teammates. I never imagined being able to accept an all-region honor. I am so proud of myself and also Katie and Ashlyn. We worked so hard for this and we all deserve it.”
Amado said Anderson and Elledge’s leadership kept the Lady Raiders on track.
“A lot of our success came from our senior leadership,” he said. “They were always there to help lead and teach the younger group”
Added Elledge: “It was a great feeling knowing that all the hard work that I put forth all season came to an end with me receiving the honor of being on second team all region. At the beginning of the season there was a lot of pressure on not only myself but all six seniors as a whole. As captains Tasha and I worked hard all season to help lead our team as far as possible. I believe that our hard work payed off, and we were both rewarded by being named on second team all region. I couldn’t be happier with how this season played out.
Coffee County reached the District 6-AAA tournament title game but lost to Warren County.
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