The Lady Raider soccer team battles many set backs


The Lady Raiders have been fighting this season.

Bethany Lambert, Sports Editor

Our Lady Raider soccer team has battled injuries, loss, along with uncooperative weather.

However, that has not stopped the girls from practicing and pursuing a successful season. Over

the summer, many practices were canceled due to heat index or storms. 

They started with a devastating six to zero loss to Lincoln County and several other games to teams in a Murfreesboro tournament. While they don’t have the record they’d like, they know they have to continue fighting for more wins. 

Many girls are stuck sidelined due to injury. Jorja Waggoner, Elizabeth Miller, Bethany Lambert, and Faith Whitman are battling concussions. Kamryn Bell has a severe ankle sprain and will have knee surgery. 

Many are playing while injured, such as seniors Hannah Creal and Katie Cotton, Britany Spencer, and Sadie Moore. 

Lady raider Cotton has scored many goals this season and was nominated for Tennessee’s player of the week. The team has also had goals from Ellie Fann, Jasmine Norris, and Kendall Mccreery . 

The goalkeeper, Bella Lawson, joined the team in the midst of summer practice after

not playing for several years. Lawson has earned the nickname “Big Save Bella,” which is a

hashtag on Instagram. Lawson was just shy of 200 saves in the regular season. 

Their regular season came to an end on Sept. 29 as they fell to Central Magnet on senior night.

After a tough game, the Lady Raiders celebrated seniors Cotton, Fann, Kelsey

Brantley, and Creal. The seniors will be missed on and off the field for their talents and

outgoing personalities. 

Thankfully, the ladies didn’t have to say a final goodbye just yet. The Lady Raiders started district tournaments on Oct. 11 against Franklin County.