Ca­toosa_walk­er_news The 2018 Walker County Soc­cer Play­ers of the Year

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

LaFayette’s Bai­ley Tarvin has proven that there is seem­ingly noth­ing that she can’t do on a soc­cer field.

Put her up front and she’ll beat de­fend­ers and find the net. Stick her in the mid­field and she can drib­ble through traf­fic and dis­trib­ute ac­cu­rate passes to her team­mates. Play her on the back row and she’ll make life mis­er­able for any op­pos­ing for­wards who are look­ing to score.

Of course, Tarvin has yet to play keeper for the Lady Ram­blers. LaFayette al­ready has some more-than-ca­pa­ble net-min­ders on the squad, but if need be, Tarvin would prob­a­bly be just fine there as well.

To­day, the Lady Ram­blers’ do-it-all stand­out is be­ing hon­ored as the Walker County Girls’ Soc­cer Player of the Year.

“She’s just a good ath­lete and a good player,” LaFayette head coach Whit­ney Brown ex­plained. “She’s feisty and she’s su­per com­pet­i­tive. She can score and she can fin­ish and when you put her on de­fense, she will do ev­ery­thing she can stop that ball from go­ing into the goal.

“I wish I had her at each level on a field. She just has a fire about her that just makes her dif­fer­ent than a lot of other peo­ple.”

Tarvin, who ex­cels at vol­ley­ball in the fall, knocked home a teamhigh nine goals this past season and dished out a team-high eight as­sists. Her play helped a young Lady Ram­blers’ squad turn in a some­what sur­pris­ing eight-win cam­paign and an above .500 over­all record.

“I’m very blessed to have this award,” Tarvin said humbly. “I feel that all the other girls worked very hard too and I think we all put a lot of hard work in, so it’s an honor to get this award.”

Ver­sa­til­ity was the name of the game for Tarvin, who split time be­tween the for­ward and mid­field spots, while also see­ing some spot duty as a de­fender.

“My fa­vorite po­si­tion is for­ward just be­cause I’m more ex­pe­ri­enced with that,” she ex­plained. “But I’ll play any­where on the field.”

She said the 2018 season was a nice step­ping stone to­ward what she hopes will be a big se­nior cam­paign for her­self and her team.

“I feel like this year was pretty good,” she added. “We had a lot of girls that came up their fresh­man year and they re­ally put in the work and pro­gressed. They’ve come a long way and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to next year.” So is Brown. “Bai­ley’s been the same player for us ev­ery sin­gle year she’s been here,” the vet­eran coach added. “She’s just con­tin­u­ously got­ten more ma­ture, so to have her back next year, it’s go­ing to be a fun year. That whole group of up­com­ing se­niors is a great group of kids.”

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