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Lady Jaguars accomplishing team goals
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
April 03, 2013 11:23 AM | 941 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, senior 
Jennifer Serrano battles teammate  Kenzie Vinsent, a junior, for the ball 
during a recent practice at New Manchester High School.
From left, senior Jennifer Serrano battles teammate Kenzie Vinsent, a junior, for the ball during a recent practice at New Manchester High School.
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Prior to playing Douglas County and Lithia Springs March 28 and 29, the New Manchester girls’ soccer team was 4-8.

But while this record may not look impressive, head coach Mistie Mayfield said the Lady Jags have been accomplishing goals every game as they improve on last year’s inaugural season.

“I am extremely happy with how the season is going at this point. The girls have come so far from last year. I am so proud of my girls for working hard and never giving up,” said Mayfield.

Mayfield said the team is young and still working together to improve and build the program.

While the Lady Jaguars started the season with two wins, they have recently hit a four-game losing streak as they played “the best teams in the region” — Woodland, Rome, Allatoona and Villa Rica — according to Mayfield.

“We knew going into these games they would be hard and we knew the teams were better skilled than us,” Mayfield said.

Though they didn’t finish these games with wins, they did finish each game having accomplished the goals they set for themselves that night, the coach said. Not only has the team met the goals for each game, but they are accomplishing their season goals as well, she said.

“We said we wanted to win at least two games and score more than four goals this season. We also set a goal to play every game for the full 90 minutes. We have played every minute of every game this season and we have scored 21 goals,” said Mayfield.

Last season the team was mercy ruled in several games, causing them to end early due to a 10-point deficit. They only won one game and only scored four goals, so Mayfield said the team has absolutely been accomplishing goals this season.

Of the 21 goals scored for New Manchester, freshman Alexus Lawsom has scored every goal except two. The other two goals came from Thamara Velasco and Mileena Mitchel who scored the game-winning goal against Paulding County March 7 which went into overtime and completed on penalty kicks.

“We still have a handful of games left....I believe the girls have a good chance in the games coming up,” Mayfield said.
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