COVINGTON -- Despite their 1-7 Region 8-AAAA record, three Lady Eagles still managed to impress the opposing coaches enough to be named to the all-region soccer team.
"For us to have the type of region season that we had and have other coaches recognize Sarah (Gaddis) as well as Kylee Byrne and Carly Farrow as all-region players was a huge complement to the girls and our team," Eastside head coach Joel Singleton said.
Gaddis, a senior forward and center midfielder, was the Lady Eagles' top scorer with 16 goals. Besides leading the Eastside girls in scoring, Gaddis, who was the only Lady Eagles member to make the first team, had three saves on defense.
Even though Byrne only scored five goals, opposing coaches and players always knew that they had to keep and eye on her. Being the fastest and most physical player on the team, the Eastside senior was a true threat every time she was on the field. She was such a menacing threat that she was used on the offensive and defensive side of the field making the second team.
Also making the second team was senior goalkeeper Carly Farrow with her four shutouts and 126 saves.
"Carly Farrow didn't have quite as a consistent season as she had as a junior, but she still did a solid job of putting us in a position to be competitive each time out," Singleton said. "I felt she was as good a keeper as any team had in our region."
Making the 2013 8-AAAA All-Region first team were Chestatee's Alexis Rebollar and Jessie Stephens, Johnson's Karolina Guzman and Brittany Martin, Lanier's Tori Wyant and Maddie Corley, Stephens County's Mikhayla Bentley and Abigail Mulkey, Lumpkin County's Ashlyn Atnip, Walnut Grove's Sydney Vadney, Monroe Area's Hanna Herrmann and Madison County's Kerry Huycke.
Making the second team were Sadie Foote (Chestatee), Alyssa Santana (Lanier), Kaesy Tauber (Lumpkin County), Dallas Jones (Walnut Grove), Sandra Macedo (Johnson), Emily Polanco (Lanier), Brigette Anchinges (Monroe Area), Andrea Araya (Lanier), Emmie Fouche (Madison County), Amy Groth (Lanier), Jordan Meredith (Walnut Grove), Alex Nash (Madison County), Courtney Payne (Stephens County) and Adrienna Ramos (Lanier).
Beside's having seven players on the first and second team, Lanier's Jack Hughes was voted Region 8-AAAA Girls Coach of the Year.