On a windy Friday afternoon in March, Stephens County sixth year head coach Sita Preston and star striker Erin Carter talked about making dreams come true if the 2018 Lady Indians soccer program can punch a ticket to the state playoffs.
It’s been since 2013 since the team has been, and Carter, a four-year standout, is well-deserving of the opportunity if the team can make it happen. Carter has an incredible stat line of 17 goals and 4 assists on the season, including 4 hat tricks. For her illustrious career, she has 63 goals, 14 assists and 11 hat tricks.
She’s the school’s all-time leading scorer as far as archives can indicate, and she’s a special talent for Preston and Stephens County.
“Where do I start?” asks Preston on how special Carter is to the program. “The leadership had to be developed, and over the years, and this year she’s just stepped up. She’s a great leader, and she’ll be greatly missed.”
Preston likes what she’s seen this year out of her girls on both sides.
“I’m really proud of the [4-1] start,” said Preston, citing the team had to battle weather and sickness as well. “The chemistry is good, they’re passing well and there’s not there’s one person on this team that is greedy.”
The Lady Indians are coming off a tough 8-0 loss to St. Pius, but are 4-2-1 overall so far, but there is work still to be done, as the team desperately wants to get back to state.
“It would mean everything to me,” says Carter about making state. “We’ve been working towards since freshman year and just haven’t been able to get there. With this good start, we’re more motivated to get their now, and I think we can accomplish it.”