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    Lejeune girls soccer player Lu Le kicks the ball during practice at Lejuene High School on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Feb. 19.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:28 pm

Devil Pups look to make playoffs in 2019 after 5-13-1 record last year

Lejeune High School girls soccer coach Charles Teegarden has a vision for the Devil Pups to take the top spot in the Coastal 8 Conference in 2019.

“Last season, we didn’t win enough games to make playoffs, but it wasn’t a bad season,” Teegarden said. “Our objective is to get into the playoffs and take the 1A spot in the Coastal 8 Conference so we can be seeded high in the playoffs.”

Just like building a cake, the Lejeune girls are starting from the bottom and working their way up. Last year, the team went 5-13-1.

“We are working hard on so many things and we are teaching the [team] about fundamentals and skills,” Teegarden said. “We also are teaching about formation, balance, transition and switching just to get the team prepared for the first game.”

Teegarden said seniors such as Jasmin Acosta and Kayla Tomlinson are impact players for his team.

“I am ready for this season to start and to play hard in my last season,” Acosta said. “Richlands and East Carteret are our toughest competition.”

Tomlinson is expected to split time at goalie with junior Victoria Scarborough. The two Devil Pups will take over for last year’s senior goalie Ingrid Bjoernstadbraaten.

“It would mean a lot to win a conference championship,” Tomlinson said. “I have seen this team grow over the four years I have been here. There are new girls in and out, but it is exciting to see the few that have stayed grow together.”

Scarborough looks for her team to bond as one unit.

“There were some issues with team chemistry last year, but this year we are working on playing as one team,” Scarborough said. “Having [multi-sport] athletes on the team shows different skill sets. The tennis players have good hand-eye coordination. We also have a lot of players who run cross-country who have the endurance.”

One of those cross-country runners playing soccer is junior Ann Horton.

“I am looking forward to getting to know some of the teammates that I don’t know and see how we work together as a team,” Horton said. “Lu [Le] and I have been working together for the same amount of time. Lu is one of the most driven people on the team, teaching us all to be like that.”

Teegarden said that Le acts as the motherly figure on the team, getting everyone set for matches.

Junior Kaitlyn Day, who has been friends with Scarborough since fourth grade, was the one who got her friend to join the team last year.

“I am close with Kayla [Moore], Victoria and Lu,” Day said. “I have known Victoria for a very long time so moving back here was great seeing her here. It is awesome to have Victoria on the team because she was scared to try out. She wasn’t sure how she was going to be [as a soccer player], but to me, she is really good.”

The Lejeune girls opened the season against Southside on Wednesday starting at 4 p.m. at the Lejeune High School practice soccer field on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejene.

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