The Chapin girls soccer team turned what might have been a tough rebuilding season into another highly successful campaign in 2009. The Eagles finished with a 17-7 record, won the Region 4-3A championship and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs.
“After loosing nine seniors to graduation in 2008, this team really stepped up, set goals, worked hard, and had an amazing season,” said coach Rachel McGee. “The girls were able to compete with some of the best teams in the state and made a great run in the playoffs. They played every game with heart and determination and I could not be more proud of them.”
Chapin has just four graduating senior starters, but the loss will be heavy – keeper Layla Neal and forwards Danyelle Dye, Kendall Keele and Nicole Hallbick.
“We will return strong on defense and in the midfield as we will have all of this year's starters returning next season,” said McGee. “We will have Jordan Broadway, who will be a senior in goal next year, in goal. We will look for some of our younger players to step up and fill our spots on the attack. If the girls come out next season with the same work ethic and determination I feel we will have another great season.”
Neal, Dye, Hallbick, junior Alainah Farrell and sophomore Shelby Bryant were Chapin’s all-region picks. Junior midfield Chelsea Burnes was named to the coaches all-state team.
Midfielder Kacie Samson and defenders Macy Caldwell, Betsy Darnell and Claire Pjetraj are the other returning starters expected to return in 2010.