Summit Charter Middle School girls soccer team played on their home field for the first time on Thursday against Tallulah Falls and ran away with the game ending with a final of 5-1.
“The girls did great,” said Head Coach Jeremy Robinson. “We saw a lot of improvement between the first and second game. We opened the season at TFS and won 1-0. So, it was good to see us possess the ball a little better and create more chances to score. The girls took advantage of opportunities.”
Summit Caroline Woods put one in the back of the net on Thursday and was pleased with their performance playing at home for the first time.”
“I think we did pretty good,” said Woods. “We had more control than last game, but we got to focus on give and goes, getting the ball up, and crossing it, then we’ll start getting some goals.”
Summit Jazmin Barranco is happy to walk away with the W.
“I think we did pretty good,” said Barranco. “We stayed focused and communicated, and we did a good job scoring goals.”
She added they need to ease up on the handball calls, and to be more careful passing over the middle.
Robinson said the team brought energy and the crowd showed incredible support for the first-ever Summit girls soccer team. The idea for an all-girls team began during the fall season when Summit coaches and staff kicked around the idea to see if there was any interest to form an all-girls team.
“We knew that Rabun Gap and TFS both had one,” said Robinson. “That, combined with the fact that some of our strongest players on the fall (co-ed) team were girls (entire starting back line and half of midfield) so it made a lot of sense to give them the opportunity to compete against other girls in the Tri-State Conference.”
He added that having an all-girls team with 16 players (10 played co-ed) showed that several decided to play since it was an all-girls team rather than a combined team.
“Overall as a squad, what we lack in experience we make up for in athleticism,” said Robinson. “We have most of the starters from the undefeated girls basketball team playing soccer now. Really strong athletes and a lot of elements of soccer like spacing movement without the ball come natural to them.”
Summit takes on Swain this Thursday at home and since the inception of the all-girls team is so new, it’s tough to say what they’re facing later this week.
“We’ve never seen these teams before, so we don’t really know what to expect out of opposing teams,” said Robinson. “It’s pretty exciting, we’ll prepare hard this week and be ready to compete.”