It’s just three games into the 2018 season for the White County girls soccer program, but one look at the results to this point….WOW!
Here are the three-game results: 10-0 win at Banks County, 10-0 win vs Stephens County and 8-0 win vs Elbert County. If you’re doing the math, that’s Lady Warriors 28, Opponents ZERO.
Sophomore Bella Ramey has put up numbers in those three games that some never see in a full season. The totals…13 goals and 5 assists in just three contests.
Ramey, a standout soccer talent, was injured last season after tearing her ACL and missing the remainder of the 2017 campaign. No doubt she’s healthy now, and back stronger than ever.
“I never imagined myself scoring 5 goals in back-to-back games, but our team chemistry this year is what helped to make scoring so many goals possible,” says Ramey, the BLITZ Player of the Week after her opening game against Banks. “Most of the goals I have scored have been amazing assists from many of my teammates.”
The quick start for the Lady Warriors means more than just 3-0…it is simply a stepping stone to where this team wants to go this season.
“Starting off 3-0 boosts our team moral this season,” says Ramey. “Our team has made a list of goals we want to accomplish this season. Some include hosting a state playoff game at home, getting 6 or more clean sheets, scoring in the first 5 minutes of a game, and develop a mental toughness.”
So far, so good! The 3-0 start already has White County in the right direction. The team went a respectable 8-6-1 overall last season, while making the state playoffs for the fifth straight season. However, as Ramey alluded to, they’d like to get a home playoff match.
Since 2010, the Lady Warriors have put up some great seasons — a 72-58-4 record — including the five straight playoff runs from 2013-2017. However, the team has yet to finish as either the region’s number one or number two seed, meaning they’ve been forced to play their playoff games on the road.
Some of the more memorable seasons include the 2014 group who advanced to the Sweet 16 under then-head coach Nathan Adams. That team was ranked as high as ninth in the state, and sixth the previous season, winning 11 games in 2013 and 10 in 2014. The 2011 team didn’t make state somehow, but was ranked ninth and put a program-best 13 wins.
Current first-year head coach Megan Runkle was a large part of that 2011 season (her senior year) and instrumental in the success this program has been built on. After Brad Kolowich took over the Lady Warriors program in 2015 and through 2017, White County continued its playoff streak, winning 26 games in that three-year span.
For Ramey, overcoming the knee injury from a year ago has meant recovering physically and mentally. The quick start has done more than just pad her stats.
“Having 10 goals in my first two games back helped me gain more confidence in myself coming back from my knee injury,” states Ramey. “Recovering from my ACL injury has been a long and difficult process, but it has made me a stronger player physically and mentally. After 9 months of therapy to get me back on the field, I feel that I am 100% prepared for the rest of the season from a physical and mental aspect.”
With five goals against Banks, five more against Stephens, and a hat trick in the 8-0 win over Elbert, Ramey is on pace to shatter school and state records — although it’s unfair to expect that kind of production each game.
“The main goal that I am striving for is to be the top goal scorer this season for White County, and to break the record of most goals scored in a career,” claims Ramey.
She’s well on her way…and she’s only a sophomore!