After posting its best season in 15 years, the awards, fittingly, have rolled in for the Camden girls soccer team.
The Bulldogs finished with an 8-5 overall record, and went 6-0 on the way to winning the Region 6-3A championship. Coach Stephen Sutusky was named the region coach of the year, high-scoring India Robinson was named the region player of the year and teammates Kaney Steele, Loren Grimm, Tina Stokes, Carrie Stokes, Jessie Baldwin and Brittany Bradley joined her on the all-region team.
“We had our best season in 15 years here at Camden, winning the region championship in convincing fashion,” said Sutusky. “We have laid the groundwork the last two seasons to hopefully we will continue to have a lot of success the next couple of years.”
In addition to winning the region championship, the Bulldogs made the state playoff cut for the second consecutive season and defeated Lugoff Elgin twice.
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“This team consisted of a great group of girls, who each worked hard and embraced their roles,” said Sutusky. “Our keepers Lauren Geddings and Jessica Ekman split time and both had marvelous seasons. Our offense went through India Robinson, who is a very talented center-midfielder, and Tina Stokes, who played effectively at forward. They are both sophomores”
Robinson ended with 29 goals and 20 assists, while Stokes had 20 goals and nine assists for the dogs. Freshmen Cierra McShine and Marisa Pasquerilla scored three goals apiece, as did departing senior Steele.
Steele, Grimm, Baldwin, Shaniqua Dowdell are the graduating seniors starters.
With seven starters expected to be back in the fold, Camden is looking forward to even more success in 2010.
“Hopefully, we have gained enough playoff experience the last two years to make a deeper run in the playoffs,” said Sutusky. “The 3-2 loss to Socastee in round one should be a motivating factor. I like what we have returning. We’ve got to get better, but the future is bright. I’m looking for a few rising freshmen, who played on the junior varsity team, to make an immediate impact next season.”
Stokes was named the team offensive MVP, Stokes the defensive MVP and Robinson the most outstanding player.