Opening Night: FCS Teams Begin the Season Against HIES at Bob Lord Field
Last season, both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams narrowly missed the state playoffs.
The top two schools from each Area qualify for the GHSA Soccer Championships for both boys and girls. The boys and girls teams from FCS finished third in the Area. The Lady Paladins finished 8-5 overall, and the boys were 7-6.
Both squads begin the season at Bob Lord Field against Holy Innocents' Episcopal School on Feb. 4 with their sights set on the state playoffs. The girls dropped a 10-0 decision, and the boys fell 4-1.
"I believe both teams are ready to play," said Andy Trevers, the head coach for both teams. "They want to play. That's normal for kids. They have begun preparation well for the season and it has been a good preseason albeit short, we are eight practices in and we walked onto the field tonight excited. They all love to play the game."
The girls' roster is not complete yet as veterans Emma Jones (senior) and Cate Hardin (sophomore) are still with the varsity girls' basketball team. The Lady Paladin basketball team is still waiting to find out if it qualifies for the state tournament.
"Since we only had one senior last year, we return most of our team from last year," Trevers said. "We have a great senior class, and we are excited about the additions to this roster and looking forward to seeing them all honor Christ as we play."
The Lady Paladin seniors include Alisha Benbow, Noelle Durham, Ellie Jackson, Emma Jones, Lillie Ward, RJ Winchester, Alley Yeager and Emma Yeager.
Leadership from that group of talented seniors will be key for the Lady Paladins.
"We will have a lot of senior leadership on the field," Trevers said. "We have high energy players, who work very hard."
The boys' team will rely heavily on a much smaller group of experienced seniors.
"Our group of upper classmen is small," Trevers said. "We have a young team with just three seniors and three juniors, but are very talented. We're excited about what they can do this season. We need them to step up and be strong leaders on and off the field."
The Paladin seniors include Christian Heid, Dean Parker and Jack Sawyer. Both Heid and Sawyer enter their fourth year of varsity soccer for Fellowship.
"We have a young team, but we are athletic and energetic," Trevers said. "We have added a lot of new players that introduces a lot of youth, with lots of talent and athleticism."