By Sarah Lange
The Lady Hawks Soccer Team finished their season in October with a record of 7-9-2. The tryout process started in late July, and the season officially began immediately after school started.
The girls started strong with a series of wins against Cookeville, Beech, Northwest, and Gallatin; however, the team experienced a few setbacks in the middle and end of the season. The Lady Hawks fought hard until the end, but ultimately lost to Henry County in the district semi-finals. Head coach Danny Chartrand said the season “fell short of everyone’s expectations.” Injury played a crucial role in the Lady Hawk’s performance- as many as five varsity starters were hurt at one time.
The varsity team was also made up of relatively young players, including a few freshmen and sophomore players. The team focused on fundamentals and team unity, led by seniors Camille Leath, Rachel Taylor, Sarah Perez, Melanie Stevens, Layne Benson, Alyssa Merritt, Sophia Diago, and Briana Morris. Rachel Taylor was the lead scorer for the team, shooting her way to an ultimate 21 total goals. Taylor led the offensive players, along with Sarah Perez, who had an impressive 10 assists. Jade Irwin, a sophomore, demonstrated immense determination and leadership this year. She stepped in as the varsity goalkeeper, despite it being her first year playing soccer for Rossview. Her unstoppable focus and confidence supported the defensive wall; she finished the season with a phenomenal 43 saves in goal.
The Lady Hawks overall season was full of positive attitudes, strong teamwork, and hard work. Rossview is extremely proud of the effort that these girls and coaches put into the season, and cannot wait to see what they accomplish next year.