Despite a series of injuries, the Blythewood girls soccer team had a good showing in its first season at the Class 4A level. The Bengals closed with a 10-10-1 overall record, finished in third place in Region 4-4A behind co-champions Spring Valley and Ridge View and qualified for the big-school playoffs.
“For the most part, we played well against the top tier teams we played but we just could not finish the game inmany cases,” said coach Tony King. “We had a lot of injuries to key starters that made developing continuity a bit difficult and forced us to move people around a good bit. We went through five goalies because of injuries. Because of that we had to use one goalie, one volleyball trainee and three different field players to play goal at different points in the season.”
Underclassmen Brittany Moores, Alisha Mitchell, Aubrey Marini and Lee Ferrell were Blythewood’s all-region picks.
Bethany Marini, Taylor Coulter and Alexis Allen are the departing senior starters. Marini, who missed the entire season with an ACL injury, and Coulter are sgined to play at Columbia College, and Allen will likely keep play at South Carolina State.
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With all the injuries, the Bengals welcome back a large number of players who started at least some games this season. The list includes Alexis Fountain, Mitchell, Moores, Christa Louthian, Emily Morrow, Melyssa Eargle, Marini, Chandler King, Chelsea Mizzell, Ferrell, Gabby McGuire and Brooks Burdette.
“We’re looking forward to our second year in 4A,” said King. “We hope to avoid the injury bug and make a little bit deeper run in the playoffs.”