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Fox Creek High School
Aiken

LADY PREDATORS SOCCER STARTS STRONG

By: Gerald Doolittle

North Augusta, S.C. -The Fox Creek High School Lady Predators of Coach Bill Warnken are making a strong statement in their early soccer games that they will improve on their 2018 record of 6-5-1 in hopes of winning the Region 2-AA title and advance to post-season play. So far, the Lady Predators are off to a 3-1 start.

The Lady Predators compete in Region 2-AA against Abbeville, Ninety-Six, Saluda, Batesburg-Leesville and Silver Bluff. They already own shutout wins over Ninety-Six (4-0) and Batesburg-Leesville (5-0) to take an early lead in Region standings.

The impact players in the early games has been Bailey Wates (sr), Grayson Kirkland (sr), Stephanie Yano (sr), Katelynn Key (jr), Ana Albornoz (jr) and Brennly Furness (so).

Others that have contributed to the early wins have been Andi Howell, Sydney Pace, Maycie Rice and Gracie Wilmoth.

In the 2-1 win over Barnwell Furness and Wates were the stars. Furness scored both goals and Wates made 11 saves.

In the second game against a strong 4-A power from Richmond Academy in Augusta the Lady Predators fell 6-0 in deteriorating weather. Despite the conditions Wates managed 16 saves and Howell having a good game.

In the win over Batesburg-Leesville much of the offense was by Burness and Kirkland. The defense was sparked by the quintet of Yano, Pace, Rice, Wilmoth and Howell.

Katelynn Key was the offensive star in the Ninety-Six win, scoring three of the goals. Albornoz scored the other goal. Wates recorded her second straight shutout.

Coach Warnken hopes his troops can build on the early season success and make a strong run for a region title and a deep run in post-season.

 

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