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LOA girls soccer players earn postseason honors

June 04, 2021 - 00:00
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    Senior Emma Parker was named to the First-Team Region 8A team for 2021.

There were a pair of Lake Oconee Academy Lady Titans who earned Region 8A Public All-Region honors this past week following the 2021 GHSA soccer season.

Senior midfielder Emma Parker and sophomore forward Kensi Stevens were named to the First Team and Second Team, respectively. Lily Hartrich, Sophia Bradley, Whitley Cannon, Ava Johnson, Elisa Garcia-Carreras, Anika Imhof and Keerti Ahluwlia all earned honorable mention.

Our coaching staff and I are very proud of our girls who earned All-Region honors,” Lady Titans head coach Jacob Baxley said in a press release from LOA. “These honors are a true accomplishment in a region like ours, which is filled with several great teams and players.”

Baxley said those accomplishments were well earned because of the hard work and determination his girls put in throughout the course of the season.

“Senior Emma (Parker) represents LOA as Region 8-A’s highest voted first-team player,” he added. “She scored 22 goals and had seven assists on the season. She was our team captain and greatest offensive weapon. Sophomore Kensi (Stevens) earned second-team All-Region honors with six goals and seven assists in only seven games. She brought a great boost of energy and skill to the team when she joined after basketball season.”

The first-year head coach said that those two had a strong supporting cast.

“These players, including our Honorable Mention selections and the team as a whole, are outstanding as team players and as individuals,” Baxley said. “They embody the past and future of our program.”

The Lady Titans finished the season with an 8-9 overall record and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen round of the GHSA Class A Public state playoffs. The Academy for Classical Education bested LOA 1-0 in Macon last month, who ended up making it to the Final Four before losing to eventual runner-up, Armuchee High.

On top of the All-Region selections, there were several players who earned team awards. Parker was named the Most Valuable Player, Johnson was the Best Offensive Player and Ahluwalia was the Best Defensive Player. There was a three-way tie for the Iron Titan Coaches Award with Kiera Richard, Garcia-Carreras and Imhof being named winners.