Lady Warriors end season at Lumpkin County
The Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe girls’ soccer team ended a stellar season on Friday following a 5-0 loss at Lumpkin County in the Class AAA state quarterfinals.
The Warriors – who defeated Washington County 9-0 to advance to the third round for the first time in school history – drove two hours to face a 72-minute weather delay.
However, LFO head coach Traci McCracken said the eighth-ranked Lady Indians (17-0-1) were the perfect storm.
Junior striker Alexis Satterfield scored one of her four goals to in the 33rd minute despite a gutsy performance by LFO freshman Lindsey Dunham. The No. 13th nationally ranked keeper (ranked No. 3 in in freshmen with over 200 saves) finished the game with 12 saves.
“The girls were disappointed,” she said. “They wanted to go to the final four, but they were proud of they played.”
McCracken said wasn’t disappointed with her team’s play and was proud of the Lady Warriors “growing as players and as a team.”
“It wasn’t a bad game,” she said. “We didn’t play terrible. They didn’t have any super standout players, but they’re a county school with players that have played together all their lives so they played very well together and made good passes.”
McCracken said saying goodbye to her seniors would be difficult, but anticipated another competitive season next year with her juniors and large freshman class.
One of those players is her daughter, midfielder Abbi Mabry.
Maybry, who is currently ranked no. 8 in the nation in assists and goals scored, said she was extremely proud of her team’s efforts all season.
“I’m very proud of our team and far we made it (in the state),” she said. “The relationships we’ve built over the years is more important than any other standing.”