Boys soccer earns two All-Region honors
LCHS seniors Harrison Spivey and Esteban Ramirez were both honored for the hard work they put on the pitch for the Indians during the 2019 soccer season when they were selected for the Region 7-AAA All-Region team recently.
Spivey, who was an integral piece in the Indians’ game plan this season, was named to the All-Region First Team while Ramirez was selected for the All-Region Second Team. The Region 7-AAA All-Region team selections are made based on a vote by Region 7-AAA coaches.
In a season in which finishing around the net was in short order, Spivey did his best to be the guiding force for the Indians during the 2019 season. Almost all of the offense that the Indians ran during the season made its way through Spivey. With an intimidating physical presence, nifty dribbling skills, an unflinching relentlessness to win 50/50 balls and a powerful boot, Spivey possessed everything the Indians needed in order to completely transform the look and play of the team this season.
“This was Harrison’s [Spivey] team this season,” said LCHS head boys soccer coach Mark Wade. “He was our leader and I asked a lot of him this season. I am proud of everything he’s done over his four seasons with the team.”
Spivey scored seven goals and recorded six assists for the Indians during the 2019 season, accounting for 35 percent of Lumpkin’s offensive production. With his undeniable skills with the ball, the impact of his leadership qualities and his unwavering desire to be the best he could be, Spivey was a lock for the Region 7-AAA All-Region First Team.
Defensively, the Indians contended with the inexperience of its younger players throughout the 2019 season. Through it all, Ramirez acted as the anchor of the defense in his senior season with the team.
Ramirez’s blazing speed was a force to be reckoned with and allowed the defensive star to halt many meaningful runs and scoring opportunities for opposing teams throughout the season. Ramirez also showed off his speed to make long runs into the offensive third for the Indians during the season.
When the defensive backline broke down, Ramirez could be counted on to make a play and halt the threat.
“I thought about moving Esteban [Ramirez] forward at the start of the season, but with so many young players on defense I felt that he was best suited to help us on defense,” Wade said. “I could always count on him to make a play when we needed it.”
Based on his stellar defensive work throughout 2019, Ramirez received the honor of being selected to the Region 7-AAA All-Region Second Team.
Although the Indians’ season wasn’t quite what Wade, the team or Indian fans had hoped for, the recognition of being selected to the All- Region team for these two Lumpkin seniors was a nod of approval for the hard work they put into representing the purple and gold in 2019.