PLEASANT VIEW – Last season the Sycamore Lady War Eagles soccer team ran rampant through most of their opponents on its way to a region championship game appearance.
Kaitlynn Wofford, who now will be playing for Motlow State Community College, was a big piece of that team, but coach Sheila Gaertner said that she believes this year’s group of seniors can finally get Sycamore to the state tournament and possibly win it. That group of 10 seniors includes twins Emily and Rudy Fisher, Kelsie Green and Megan Palmer on defense.
“I have 10 seniors this year and there is a lot of talk about this group,” Gaertner said. “They have had many wonderful coaches ahead of me, and they have been playing together for a long time. That is obvious on the field, and it gives us a leg up on some other teams.”
There are also two juniors who plan to be big contributors on both sides of the field. Junior Alex Barnhill, the Lady War Eagles leading scorer from the last two seasons, will return with junior Makayla Curtis on defense.
“I am so excited for this upcoming season,” Gaertner said. “I have a strong, veteran team and it is our goal to be a contender in the state tournament this year. Just barely missing the mark the last two seasons has really made us focus and work harder to prove that we belong amongst the best.”
Gaertner said that freshman Cassie Groves has “incredible speed and great footwork.”
2019 Sycamore Girls Soccer Roster
Seniors: #2 Megan Palmer, #4 Emily Robertson, #5 Bonnie Hudgins, #7 Rudy Fisher, #8 Jerika Vargas-Garcia, #10 Emily Fisher, #11 Reagan Sutton, #23 Kelsie Green, #28 Jaycee Corlew, #29 Jesse Carr
Juniors: #6 Makayla Curtis, #13 Brayden Suiter, #21 Alex Barnhill
Sophomores: #1 Gracelyn Coggins, #3 Jaydenn Allen, #16 Lacie Mays, Emmy Easterwood, Ashley Christian
Freshmen: #20 Cassie Groves, Natalie Smith, Bianca Artavia, Ava Hicks
Head Coach: Sheila Gaertner
Assistant Coaches: Harmony Fisher and Kelly Hernandez
2019 Sycamore Girls Soccer Schedule
Tuesday, Aug. 20 vs. Kenwood, Thursday, Aug. 22 at Pope John Paul II, Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Fairview, Thursday, Aug. 29 at Springfield.
Wednesday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 8 Ladies Championship Tournament at To Be Determined, Tuesday, Sept. 10 vs. Montgomery Central, Thursday, Sept. 12 vs. Beech, Saturday, Sept. 14 at La Vergne, Tuesday, Sept. 17 vs. Creek Wood, Thursday, Sept. 19 at White House-Heritage, Tuesday, Sept. 24 vs. Cheatham, Thursday, Sept. 26 at White House.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 vs. Macon City, Thursday, Oct. 10 vs. Hume-Fogg, Monday, Oct. 14 through Thursday, Oct. 17 District Tournament at To Be Determined.