The Lady Cougar soccer program brought its record-breaking season to a pleasant close last Tuesday evening as it handed out its awards at a banquet held at the Centre on Main.
The Lady Cougars set records for wins, going 13-4-1 on the season. They also set records for the most goals in a season, with 73, the fewest goals allowed, 35, and won a district contest for the first time ever.
Head coach Rusty Ray pointed out in his first season, four years ago, the team had just one win, allowed 77 goals and scored just nine. The team has slowly gotten better each year afterward.
This year, the Lady Cougars had three of the top four scorers in the region, including the leading scorer in junior Morgan Uebelacker.
Ray handed out the awards for his team. Uebelacker picked up three individual awards, headed by the team’s MVP Award. She also took home the Golden Toe Award, for the most goals on the team, and was also named the team’s Most Outstanding Forward.
Sophomore Tara Dunaway took home two awards, the Hustle Award, and the Most Outstanding Mid-Fielder. Dunaway was also named to the Third Region All-Tournament Team.
The award for Most Assists went to senior Kendra Goodman, while senior Elizabeth Priddy won the E. E. McGhee Award, recognizing her well-rounded play, her attitude and her academic achievements.
The Unsung Hero Award went to junior goal keeper Emily Strader, who gave up the fewest goals in program history. Sophomore Haley Brooks, who had never played soccer until this year, took home the Rookie of the Year Award.
The Most Improved Forward Award went to junior Bailey Reed, while the Most Improved Mid-Fielder Award went to senior Courtney Mobley.
Senior Aspen Geheber received the Most Outstanding Defender Award, while senior Dawn Dunaway was tabbed for the Most Improved Defender Award.
Reed, Uebelacker and Goodman all received All-District honors, as well.
Assistant coach Kara Wilson handed out the awards to the JV team. Seventh-grader Kayden Sutherland received a pair of awards, the Best Offense Award, and the Golden Toe Award, for scoring the most goals.
Sophomore Emily Logsdon took home the Best Defender Award, sophomore Gabriella Shartzer won the Hustle Award, and eighth-grader Lauren Bennett was named Most Improved.