Ashley Hall girls soccer seeks strong finish
By David Shelton
Charleston – After making their first-ever appearance in the SCISA AAA state finals last season, the expectations for the 2017 Ashley Hall soccer team were sky high.
However, things are off to somewhat of a slow start this spring but there is plenty of time left for the Panthers to make a late season push once again.
Ashley Hall has played a competitive early schedule this spring, resulting in a 4-6 record overall and a 1-2 start in SCISA region 3-AAA. The early region losses came to Pinewood Prep (3-1) and Porter-Gaud (3-0). Both teams are expected to contend for the state championship this season.
The Panthers picked up their initial region win with a 10-1 victory over First Baptist. Ashley Hall’s other regular season losses came to Academic Magnet and Hanahan, along with preseason tournament losses to Cane Bay and Berkeley.
Three other early victories have come over Orangeburg Prep, Goose Creek and Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach. The team had nine regular season matches remaining during the month of April.
Offensive leaders early on have included sophomore Sofia Feldman (seven goals), junior Hannah Reuther (six goals, four assists), junior Natalie Smith (five goals, four assists) and freshman Sara Smith (three goals, five assists).
Junior Madison Jenkins and freshman Waverly Kremer each have scored two goals this season. Junior keeper Natalie Jennings has 34 saves while allowing 17 goals.
The track program also looks to improve over the next month as they seek a repeat as state champions in SCISA class AAA.
This year’s team is quite a bit younger than the team that won the state meet last May. The most veteran returning athlete is senior distance performer Lauren Marshall, who will be a state championship contender in the 800 and 1600 meter runs.
Ailish Ward is making strides in the 3200-meter run while Leyla Ozyurt and Kinsey Jordan are working well in the hurdles.
Sophomore Mattison Matthews, one of the state’s top volleyball players, is showing signs of contending in the triple jump. Grace Griffith is the team’s best high jumper and is the best thrower of the shot and discus as well.
Eighth-grader Lauren Simmons is making quite a splash this spring as well. Simmons is working in the 100, 200 and 400 meter runs as well as the long jump.
Bryce Turbeville is the team’s best hope in the pole vault.