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Lady Dogs pursue perfection

Never before in the history of the girls' soccer program at Thomson High School have the Lady Bulldogs ever opened the season with five straight wins - until this season.

"We've come a long, long way with the girls' soccer program since I became the coach four years ago," said Thomson Girls' Soccer Head Coach Ben Davall during an interview on Monday. "I'm extremely proud of this team."

When he first took over the program, he gave himself a goal to turn the program into a competitive winning one within four years.

"We've been able to accomplish that goal, but we still have a long way to go to be where I'd like the team to get this season," said Coach Davall, explaining that he would like to see his team make it to the Georgia High School Class AAA State Playoffs. If they accomplish such a feat, it would mark the first time in history that the school has been represented in the prep soccer playoffs.

"That would be a real big accomplishment for this team and our entire soccer program in Thomson and McDuffie County," said Coach Davall. "We've still got a long way to go before we can think about that, though."He, of course, is thinking about the remaining regular season games that his Lady Bulldogs have yet to play.

The team was scheduled to have played Cross Creek on Tuesday and Glenn Hills on Wednesday.

Thomson posted two victories last week over opponents. They downed the Harlem Lady Bulldogs 3-2 on a windy, cold night last Wednesday at The Brickyard in Thomson. They then defeated Hephzibah's Lady Rebels 12-0 last Friday night.

In the Harlem game, the Lady Bulldogs were paced by three players who scored goals. They included Miranda Barker, Casey Brooks and Jau'Tabitha Hordens. Kelli Howard added an assist, while goalkeeper Sarah Kellogg recorded five saves in the game.

Although Coach Davall is pleased with his team's overall accomplishments up to this point in the season, he still sees room for improvement. For example, he pointed out that his team needs to improve their game when it comes to the technical aspects.

"We have to continue to improve in all areas of our game, if we are to become a real good soccer team," Coach Davall said. "I really believe this team has what it takes to get to that point. The players have to remember that they must continue to work hard to make that happen."

Of the seven seniors on the team, three of them have played together since they were freshmen. Those three players include Casey Brooks, Chelsea Jones and Courtney Timmerman.

A fourth senior player, Kim Gamble, has been with the team since transferring to Thomson High School her sophomore year.

Other team members include: Holly Barker, Kayla Bieltz, Lakindra McCord, Mary Catherine Finnerty, Lindsey Finuff, Ashley Frankinfield, Shelby Gary, Takiya Grant, Kelsie Hadden, Teyana Howard, Amanda Smith, Heather Ledbetter, NaJellica Burnett and Adrienne Dawkins.

Web posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008

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