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Spring Sports Review: Girls Soccer

Apr 17, 2014 10:36AM ● Published by Dia

Photo Courtesy of Rex Teter.

Dragon Pride Spring

Season Update

23-2-1 (13-1)

Despite losing many key players from last year’s 30-win team, the Lady Dragons haven’t missed a beat as the rebuilding process has been more like a reloading process. There’s a sense of excitement in the air as the 2013-2014 district champions enter the playoffs as the top-ranked team in the area and 15th in the nation. Edging out a very solid Keller Lady Indians squad (12-1-1), this year marks the sixth outright championship for head coach Matt Colvin, a streak that started in 2002. This year is no different — Southlake Carroll has had a tremendous year and is peaking at just the right time. Scoring a combined 13 goals in their last two games as well as winning 18 of their last 19, they charge into the postseason to take on Arlington Lamar in the first round.

Although they suffered their first loss of the year near the end of the season — a one-point heartbreaker against district 4-5A rival Keller — the Lady Dragons have played near perfect soccer this season. With wins over Keller, Arlington Martin and Timber Creek, the Dragons have laid the groundwork for another state championship run.

 About the team

This season is marked with 11 returning seniors who have some unfinished business to take care of after advancing all the way to the state finals before losing to 5A powerhouse Plano West a season ago. The Lady Dragons’ formula for success has been consistent and simple — a loaded offensive attack and a stingy defense. With plenty of experienced leadership and up-and-coming underclassmen, this year’s team continues to win in dominant fashion.

The Dragon offensive assault ranks among the best in the area in goals per game at 4.1. Pacing the team in total points is a dynamic pair of sophomore forwards, Grace Cory and Allie Luna. Cory, the 2013 Newcomer of the Year after setting numerous records in her freshman season, leads the team in goals (21), assists (14) and total points (56). Luna is coming on strong with seven goals and 13 assists on the season. Junior sharpshooter Danielle Davis adds to the team’s scoring rolls and long-term potential with 14 goals.

Yet through it all, it’s defense that wins championships, and the Lady Dragons have more than enough to meet their destiny head-on. Having only given up six goals in 20 games this season, the team is tied for second in the area in goals allowed per game at a miniscule 0.3 gpg. With the likes of Louisiana Tech commit Alya Shams in the defensive backfield, there aren’t many shots on goal. When there are, a pair of goalies is ready in junior Jamie Phelps and senior Ellie Kemins, who have combined for 14 shutouts on the year. Kemins plans to take her skills to Texas A&M Texarkana in the fall.

Head coach: Matt Colvin

Assistant coach: Carolyn Atkins

Roster:  

17

Abbey Phelps

MF

Senior

20

Allie Luna

F

So

28

Allisyn Gardner

MF

Fr

3

Alya Shams

D

Senior

22

Brittany Martin

D

Fr

14

Danielle Dennis

F

Junior

30

Devin Zavasky

F

So

9

Elise Landers

D

Senior

29

Ellie Kemins

GK

Senior

6

Emily Smith

MF

Senior

7

Emma Scheffler

D

Senior

12

Grace Cory

F

So

1

Jamie Phelps

GK

Junior

8

Jordan Connors

D

Senior

26

Kaylin Arpaia

MF

Junior

5

Kaylon McKelvey

F

Junior

21

Kellsey Long

D

Senior

27

Kennedy Munson

F

Fr

15

Kylie McBride

D

Junior

2

Maddie Potter

MF

Senior

23

Madisyn McFarland

F

So

25

Mary Meehan

MF

So

10

Meredith Havens

D

Junior

24

Meredith Johnson

F

Junior

18

Molly Rubac

D

Junior

13

Natasha Santamaria

F

Junior

11

Nicole Sloan

MF

Junior

31

Olivia Fernandes

MF

Senior

4

Payton Gruenewald

MF

Senior

32

Rachel Dyche

D

Fr

19

Sierra Clem

D

Junior

16

Tabitha Gilpin

MF

So

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