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Redan eyeing girls' state soccer tourney
by Bobby Tedder
April 11, 2013 09:52 AM | 2310 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Redan sophomores Anunakayah Delacruz, left, and Melanie Abron go after the ball during practice.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Redan sophomores Anunakayah Delacruz, left, and Melanie Abron go after the ball during practice.
Charlcye Henderson remembers the Redan varsity girls’ soccer program’s heyday, the late 1990s.

She was a star midfielder then, helping the Lady Raiders reach region champ status.

Perhaps it’s only fitting that, as head coach, Henderson has led the current team’s turnaround.

Redan is enjoying its most successful season in a long time — its 7-4-1 record heading into this week is good for third in its region.

“This reminds me of my playing days … definitely brings back memories,” said the Lady Raiders coach.

“We had a lot of girls who wanted to work hard this year.

“They also sat down and set goals at the beginning of the season … and everything they set out to accomplish they’re just determined to get done.”

Talent never hurts either.

Senior forward Chanel Veasley has been a scoring machine, accounting for 26 goals thus far this season.

Fellow Alabama A & M commitment, defender Jennifer Hicks has also been a cog in the Lady Raiders’ favored 4-4-2 lineup.

The team also boasts a trio of sophomores who’ve been solid. Center midfielder Melanie Abron is among the leaders in assists intje county.

Kayla Frazier is coming into her own as a defender; meanwhile, Emani Green is in the top 10 among DeKalb goalies.

With region playoffs tipping off April 17, Redan will need continued strong play from all of the above if it is to make a serious postseason push.

The top four teams qualify for the GHSA state tourney.

“This is a great group of kids; they just want to get better,” said Henderson of her football brood.

The 2012-13 Lady Raiders haven’t wilted when facing adversity to this point, so don’t expect them to break character the rest of the way.

“We have taken some losses, but we learned from them,” Henderson acknowledged.

“We’re just staying humble and focusing on the goals at hand … just keep working hard.”

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