CLOVER — The Clover High School girls’ soccer team had a successful season in Region 3-AAAA play in what was tabbed a “rebuilding” year.
The Lady Blue Eagles finished 9-5 in a strong region and 11-9-2 overall.
The team had three all-region selections – senior Claire Allen, junior Cori Erwin and freshman Alex Pletiniewski.
“We showed well in the Viking Cup Tournament this year, tying South Aiken 2-2 and beating Waccamaw 3-2 after coming from behind,” said coach Kelsey Geary.
Allen was named to the Viking Cup All-Tournament team for 2014.
“Even though this was a rebuilding year, the girls have far exceeded my expectations,” Geary said. “I am extremely proud of their work ethic throughout the season.”
Geary noted that every year a quote is chosen to appear on the back of the team’s practice T-shirts as a means of providing motivation throughout the season.
This year, the team picked a quote from track Olympian Steve Prefontaine: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
Geary said the team interpreted this quote as always giving 100 percent on and off the soccer field.
“Each player individually brings something to the team and they were picked for a reason,” said Geary. “So, each player has to utilize their gift to the best of their ability in order for the ‘team’ to be successful.”
Geary lauded the contributions to the team by Allen and another college-bound senior, Alex Peeler.
Allen will attend Campbell University to play Division 1 soccer and Peeler will take her game to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
“Claire has been an impressive member of the varsity girls’ soccer program for four years,” Geary said. “Her accolades include Viking Cup All-Tournament Team, academic athlete her freshman and junior year, letter bar award winner all four years and captain for the 2014 season.”
Allen tallied 35 goals and 10 assists in her four-year varsity career.
“Alex was voted captain for the 2014 season,” said Geary. “She has been an imperative member of the varsity girls’ program for three years.”
Peeler, a vital part of the Lady Blue Eagle team each year she played, tallied six goals and two assists.
“Overall, it has been a memorable season and the girls have improved technically and tactically,” said Geary. “I’m looking forward to the years to come, especially with some of the fresh new talent.”