Making relentless runs from the left wing to the top of the box, Howell has notched a team-leading four goals on the year — including a three score night in a 5-1 win over region-rival Chattahoochee.
“Maddie has a great motor and plays one of the most physically demanding positions on the field, often without a sub,” said Centennial soccer coach Jeff Burch. “She really had to work hard and made great runs in order to earn those goals.”
Howell’s success as a sophomore comes after she cracked the Lady Knights starting lineup as a freshman a year ago — rising from a junior varsity player at the start of the season to a varsity hero by season’s end, scoring the game-winning goal in a late season win that put the Lady Knights into the state playoffs.
Burch said he expects Howell to continue making a big impact over the course of her Centennial career, including what he hopes is another postseason run this spring.
“As the season goes on I expect her to get more comfortable with her position and give herself even more scoring opportunities,” said the Centennial coach.
“She will be key for us as we make a push towards the playoffs.”