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Panther Soccer Earns All-Region Honors

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Five Lake City soccer players received All-Region VI-AAA honors for the 2017 spring season.

The boys team had one recipient, Senior Captain Felix Lazo. Lazo has been a member of the soccer program for the past six years, two on the junior varsity and four on the varsity. He led the varsity squad with 15 goals and 10 assists on the season. He has also volunteered as a recreation league referee for the soccer team in the off season each of the past three years.

Head Coach Matt Luna had plenty of positives to share regarding his senior captain. “Felix has done a tremendous job setting a positive example of how to work hard and be a team player. He has also been an active participant in our community service events. The team will miss Felix as he moves on to the next chapter of his life which will most surely include soccer.”

The Lady Panther Soccer Team’s postseason run was highlighted by the performance of their all-region recipients. Head Coach Kristal Martinez was ecstatic to announce that she had four girls nominated for the all-region squad.

Anchoring the defense was junior Elantryia Moore. She had 205 saves on the season as well as a game winning penalty kick against Marlboro County. “Both college and high school level coaches have commented on her overall athleticism. Elantryia’s natural skill is without question, and I have been proud to watch her develop as a keeper these past few seasons,” Coach Martinez explained.

Sophomore Cortney McFadden was also selected having scored eight goals on the season. This was Cortney’s second year with the soccer program and first with the varsity. Coach Martinez elaborated in saying, “Cortney is always a reliable player and has shown a true passion for the sport. She has also shown a commitment to the betterment and encouragement of each of her teammates.

Junior Joycelyn Epps had three goals and four assists and was also selected. This was Joycelyn’s second year in a row of being chosen for the all region team. “Her leadership and commitment to the team led to her being voted in as captain this season. I am extremely proud of how far she has come this season while leading the squad,” Coach Martinez remarked.

Freshman Giselle Toledo had three goals and five assists. She has been a part of the soccer program for three years, two on junior varsity and one on varsity. Giselle is an all-around skilled player and has been recognized for this on the field a number of times by both high school and college coaches. I am excited to see how she will grow in the seasons to come.”

Coach Martinez believes that the future is very bright for the girls soccer program. “This season we had a number of our players post impressive stats; it was tough to nominate girls because of just how many contributed to our team’s overall success. No single player had all the glory or took all the shots. I’m extremely proud of our girls and their collective performance because it shows how much we have grown as a team.”

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