(Villa Rica, GA) – A brand new sport debuted yesterday when the new Heard County Middle School co-ed soccer team traveled to Villa Rica to take on the Wildcats.
It was a monumental step for the sport locally as it is believed to be the first time a soccer team has taken the field in the history of our school system.
Soccer is considered to be the most popular sport in the world and the top participation sport among youth in the United States.
The Braves played very well in the inaugural outing in front of a small crowd and although they dropped the match by a final tally of 4-1 there were many positives to take away from the game.
Head coach Ken Wiggins felt very good about the first outing for his team which only boasts one player (his son Trey) with significant soccer experience:
“Being it was the first game for most of our kids I was very proud of them. I saw a lot of things that were good. I did see a lot of things we need to clean up on defense and work on, but you can’t argue with coming up to Villa Rica and getting our first goal,” stated Wiggins after the game. “I am just real proud of all my kids today. Everyone got a chance to play and we are really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Trey Wiggins, who has been playing soccer since he was five-years-old scored the first goal in school history at the 54:32 mark in the game.
Peyton Ehlers played very well in goal for the entire game, which consisted of two 30-minute halves.
Despite the 4-1 loss on the scoreboard, a jubilent atmosphere ensued at the conclusion of the game as the team exceeded expectations against the much more experienced Wildcats.
Soccer is a predominant sport in Carroll County where kids typically begin play in the recreation leagues at a very young age. On the other hand, many of the Braves had zero soccer knowledge or experience prior to this season.
Eighth grader Madison Laprade, for example, just kicked her first soccer ball in the aisles of Wal-Mart one week before the season started.
The Braves will be back in action this afternoon when they travel to Oak Mountain Academy. The first home game will take place at the middle school next Thursday, March 14, versus Temple (4:30).
To see more photos from the game visit www.facebook.com/BraveNation.
2013 HCMS Soccer schedule
March 6- @ Villa Rica
March 7- @ Oak Mt. Academy
March 12- @ Central
March 14- Temple
March 19- Bowdon
March 21- Mt. Zion
March 26- @ Haralson County
April 10- @ Bremen
April 11- Bay Springs
April 15-19 end of season tournament @ TBD
***All games are scheduled at 4:30