Lady Vols have solid hope for new season

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AJ girls soccer preview

By The Staff

The 2011 Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers’ soccer season has solid hope for the season.

The AJ girls, with a 4-5-1 alignment, are led by captains Rebecca Johnson, Leah Kennington, Ashleigh Aiello and Katherine Killingsworth who were selected by the coaches and players.

Johnson, Aiello and Killingsworth are seniors, while Kennington is a junior in the AJ girls soccer program.

The 4-5-1 alignment includes four defenders, five midfielders and a forward.

Johnson, who missed last season with an injury, is at keeper and midfield.

Aiello, according to head coach Ronnie Wall, is an excellent defender. Killingsworth is at left midfield after playing defense for the bulk of her soccer career.

Kennington, the team’s Best Offensive Award Winner last season and a Class AA all-state selection, has moved to forward as a starter.

The senior starters also include Jordan Truesdale at right midfield.

Senior Stephanie Baker provides support in the midfield, while newcomer Dayne Ware is working in the defensive midfield and at keeper.

Junior starters include Kelcey Fletcher at defender, Hannah Hovis in the defensive midfield, Tabitha Marody at left defensive back and Bree Morgan at right defender.

Juniors providing depth are forward Madi Jans, Katy Hinson at defender and midfield, Amber Kelly, who is working at keeper, but has seen limited time at the net due to an injury. Erin Roberts provides support play at midfielder.

Freshman Taylor Blackmon, in her first season of varsity soccer, is a starter at center midfield. Sophomore Navada Catoe, in her first season of soccer, provides depth along with freshman Darby Threatt, who provides support at midfield and on defense.

“Our defense has been strong this season when we are focused on playing well,” Wall said. “Our offense has scored goals in bunches, or not at all. We must work to find the solution to this problem.

“Our team has several players who can work together to score when they are passing well,” Wall said.

Wall, in his seventh season leading the Lady Volunteers, is assisted by Kim Threatt and Danny Kennington.

Threatt handles the conditioning, while Kennington, who has served as an AJ varsity and junior varsity assistant, works with skill development.

 Region IV-AA features only two girls’ teams, AJ and Indian Land.