Lady Patriots hope to be contenders

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Team captain Melissa Foster moves the ball up field for Fort Dorchester Friday.

The Lady Patriotsí soccer team is out to a strong start in region play and looking to secure a home playoff match.

Last season the Fort Dorchester girls finished in third place for Region 8-AAAA and opened the playoffs on the road. This season, the Lady Patriots are eyeing the regionís top two spots.

ďWe are still young but I feel like we have a very strong team this year,Ē Fort Dorchester coach Taryn Floyd said. ďAs long as we show up ready to play, there is no reason we canít get Ws.Ē

Fort Dorchester improved to 5-4 on the season with a 2-1 mark in region play Friday with a 4-0 win over Colleton County. Starting April 11, the team has six straight region contests that will determine its playoff seeding. Floyd likes her teamís chances.

ďOur chemistry is amazing,Ē she said. ďIíve never been around a group of girls who get along as well and play as well together as this group. They really connect with each other and donít give up on each other.Ē

Caitlyn Reilly and Melissa Foster are returning captains who set the tone for the Lady Patriots.

Reilly is a sophomore who helps anchor the midfield and plays a role in the teamís attack. Freshman Bri Sandoval has also become a leader on the offensive side of the field.

Foster, one of only three seniors on the squad, helps anchor the defense. Senior Symone Funches has moved out of goal this season and into the role of defender.

The switch and emergence of freshman Sarah Studley as a strong player on the defensive side allows Foster to also be utilized in attacks.

Foster and Sandoval both had two goals against Colleton.

Sophomore Kaelen Harper is the teamís keeper. The Lady Patriots have four shutouts this season and have held five other opponents to under three goals.

The Fortís region loss came to Ashley Ridge by a 4-1 margin.

The Lady Patriots play at Summerville April 11 and host Beaufort April 22nd before they get a second shot at the Lady Swamp Foxes.

Ashley Ridge hosts Fort Dorchester April 25.

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