Story and Photos by Brynlee Gontko and Kelley Fuller | REP YOUR SCHOOL: Edgewood
WETUMPKA — The Wetumpka United girls soccer league has been practicing and working hard since the beginning of summer. All of these girls are from different schools around the area and tried out for this travel ball team. They played a practice game in Birmingham last week and on Saturday traveled to Huntsville for the first game of the season, taking on Huntsville United Soccer Club 03/04 Girls.
Unfortunately, the Wetumpka United girls worked hard but lost 3-0 and are 0-1 on the young season.
Under the guidance of head coach Fernando Segarra and the help of assistant coaches Heather Williams and Ken Sanders – they work with and guide these girls to be leaders on and off the field. Their leadership and aggressive attitude toward winning help these ladies strive to unlock their full potential and have them looking forward to every game.
Starting Striker Ashley Brantley (Stanhope Elmore) used her defensive skillset to prevent a couple of Huntsville United girls from scoring. Her play actually helped out keeper Jeweliana Holton (Wetumpka High). Holton finished the night with multiple blocks. Olivia Celka (Montgomery Catholic) and Carlie Lanier (Holtville High) were big on defense for Wetumpka United as well.
Huntsville United was able to net three kicks that skirted around Holton.
Winger Morgan Sims (Wetumpka) fueled the Wetumpka United attack moving the ball up the field and passing to the attacking strikers. Midfielder Ana Segarra (Holtville High) also kept the ball moving forward and on the attack.
These girls practice every week to be ready to play and will have an opportunity to level their record September 12 when they travel to take on the Opelika Crush ‘04 (Opelika Soccer Association) beginning at 10 a.m.
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