Girls soccer earns 4 All-Region picks
Four members of the LCHS girls soccer team had their fantastic 2019 seasons receive much deserved recognition when they were named to the Region 7-AAA All-Region team recently.
Lumpkin striker Hope Kenney and Lady Indian keeper Charlotte Cunningham both earned themselves All-Region First Team honors while Lumpkin midfielder Ashley Read and LCHS defensive back Adrienne Hilchie each earned themselves All-Region Second Team honors.
Kenney proved herself to be a handful for opposing defenses while on the pitch in the 2019 season. Kenney’s dynamic speed, elite dribbling skills and fantastic finishing abilities allowed her to break the LCHS girls soccer program’s single-season scoring record during the 2019 season. Kenney was invaluable to the Lady Indians’ offense during 2019, scoring 33 goals and recording eight assists.
Kenney’s skill set made her a shoe in for the Region 7-AAA All-Region First Team, as voted on by Region 7-AAA coaches.
Kenney is also one of eight finalists for Blitz’s Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
Joining Kenney on the All-Region First Team is LCHS’s elite keeper Cunningham. Cunningham made life in between the posts look like a cakewalk against some of the best talent that the region had to offer during the 2019 season. Cunningham recorded seven shutouts protecting the goal for the Lady Indians this season. The junior allowed a paltry 1.53 goals against average during the Lady Indians’ 18 matches. While her defensive back line helped to limit much of the shots that she had to contend with this season, Cunningham made the type of saves that Westminster head coach Clark Meyer described as, “some of the best I’ve seen at this level,” when she was called upon to do so throughout the 2019 season. With her undeniable skills in the net, Cunningham was an easy choice for the All-Region First Team.
There were few tougher to handle in the midfield this past season than LCHS sophomore Ashley Read. A true talent, Read recorded 15 goals and assisted on five other goals in her second season with the Lady Indians. Gifted with solid field vision and a deft touch which could swing the momentum of the match with the swing of her leg, Read proved to be the quintessential midfielder. Read’s ability to get the ball to strikers in open space, win 50/50 balls and let loose a rocket shot allowed her to be regarded as one of Lumpkin’s top young prospects and earned her an All-Region Second Team selection.
Helping on the defensive backline, Hilchie proved herself to be a tireless worker for the Lady Indians in her senior season with the team. Hilchie helped Lumpkin record seven shutouts this season with her fearless play on the back line. Hilchie also proved herself to be a strong piece up front for the Lady Indians when she would make a sideline run and get a cross into the box, helping her team create scoring opportunities.
Although Hilchie didn’t receive much glory for her defensive play this season, she turned enough of the Region 7-AAA coaches’ heads to be named to the All-Region Second Team.
The Lady Indians also received several All-Region honorable mentions. Defensive back Kinlee Abercrombie, midfielder Gracie Luesing, striker Emma Read, defensive back Olivia Gilleland and midfielder Emily Lunn each earned honorable mentions for their efforts during 2019.
In a season that saw the Lady Indians advance to the Sweet 16 round of the GHSA Girls Soccer State Championship, the All-Region selections for Kenney, Cunningham, Read and Hilchie were another highlight in an extraordinary year for the Lady Indians.