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GIRLS SOCCER NOTEPAD: Through aches and pains, Cougars continue to win

After dealing with an assortment of injuries the past few weeks, Courtland’s girls soccer team should be close to full strength when it returns from spring break April 29.

The Cougars have sustained an inordinate amount of injury losses this season, from starting forwards Marybeth McBroom and Paige Robertson to first-team defender Amia Canada.

Robertson was out for two games with a quad injury, but she returned Thursday night and scored twice in the Cougars’ 9–0 win over Caroline. Canada also missed some time with a leg injury, and McBroom has been out since early April following surgery.

All are expected to be back in the lineup when Courtland plays at Eastern View on April 29.

Through it all, the Cougars have managed to stay undefeated (9–0 overall, 6–0 Conference 22).

“I feel really good, because I’ll tell you what, we were hurting. We were hurting really bad, and we had a lot of kids out,” Courtland coach Dennis Berry said. “Other players stepped up and did their jobs and we were able to get through it, and now we should be really strong going forward.”

Being shorthanded helped Courtland strengthen itself in certain areas. For example, sophomore striker Kyra Locklear has become a big scoring threat filling in for McBroom, and the Cougars defense has gotten stronger as well.

That’s not a good sign for opponents, especially considering Courtland has yielded only three goals all season.

“I think we had to get better defensively with Syd Wallace and Halle Parker sitting back there in the middle of our defense,” Berry said. “They took it as a challenge and knew the offense wasn’t going to be scoring as much, so it was that much more important to keep opponents out of the goal, and they’ve done a really good job with that.”

—Nathan Warters