Brookland-Cayce’s young girls soccer team turned things late in the season, leading to a second-place finish in Region 5-3A and a run to the third round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
And, with no senior starters to replace, the Bearcats are understandably looking forward to even better things in 2010.
“We fielded a very young team this year, and we exceeded out expectations,” said Bearcats co-coach Katie Smith. “We had big wins against Airport, Swansea, and South Aiken. We look forward to next season. With everyone returning and strong senior leadership, we feel we will be very competitive in our region and in the state.”
Juniors Kimmy Baston and Sarah Johnson and sophomore Nellie Phillips earned all-region recognition this spring. Phillips was voted the overall team MVP, Baston the offensive MVP and junior Jaya Wall the defensive MVP.
Baston finished with 12 goals and two assists, Johnson had nine goals and two assists and Phillips chipped in seven goals and three assists to the cause. Otherwise, junior Katie Busbee scored six goals, junior Pia Don Waitz tallied five goals and freshman Neol McDaniel had a nice varsity debut with three goals and two assists.
Jennifer Merritt was the top keeper, posting seven shutouts, and allowing just 18 goals in 15 starts. Whitney Salonich had three shutouts in seven starts in goal.