By Anelisa Holder | Co-Editor
Last year, the APA girls’ soccer team advanced to the semi-finals of the 2017 NCISAA 2A state tourney, losing to Asheville CA, 6-0.
The Lady Pats’ plans for a better finish in 2018.
“So far, (the season is) going well (and) we’ve played a lot of good teams,” said Head Coach Shivar Person.
Parrott’s record is 8-4 (2-3 CRC), with victories against RMA, East Wake Academy HS, Cary CS, Freedom CA, St. David’s, Oakwood School, and Cape Fear Academy.
This year, the team came back with new goals.
“We had a really good team last year, but this year there’s a stronger teamwork aspect,” said sophomore MF Rachel Alexander-Lee. “And we’ve definitely had some players develop.”
Coach Person agreed that the team has improved: “We’re playing as a unit and playing hard.”
The team relies on senior defenders Scarlet Combs, Kim Siebert, Melani Newell and Emaly Jarman.
“(Combs) leads the backline, is good off the ball, and reads the other team’s positioning,” said Coach Person.
Siebert, a German exchange who excelled for the APA basketball this winter, solidifies the defense.
“Kim has brought athleticism, confidence, heart,” said Coach Person. “She’s a good competitor that makes everyone around her better.”
Freshman Alex Melk leads the Lady Pats with 10 goals while sophomore Megan Blair has scored 9 goals.
Their season goal, according to Alexander-Lee, is “to get back to the Final Four and win the state championship.”
The whole team is optimistic and energetic for the rest of the season.
“We lost a lot of good people last year,” said senior MF Sophie Jenkins, “but we’ve done better than we thought. (I) didn’t know how (the season was) going to be, but I have high hopes for the rest of the season.”
Their next game is home versus Greene Central HS on April 18 at 4pm.
EXTRA TIME: APA lost two close matches – one a 2-1 loss at FA in the final minute and the other a 2-1 defeat at CCHS – in the Coastal River Conference . . . Sophomore Alli Grant Avery, who has 5 shutouts this season, saved a PK in the final minute of regulation at CCHS to send the game into OT . . . Annabelle Averette leads the team in assists with 7.