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March 13, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: Lasting mark

AHS senior captain Baumgartner looking to lead team to playoffs

Athens — Athens Lady Hornets senior captain Myranda Baumgartner knows time is winding down on her career at Athens High School.

With only two games remaining in the regular season, the Lady Hornets are in decent position in the standings to make a postseason run.

“It has been emotional because as a senior I want to go to the playoffs and I want to go far in the playoffs,” Baumgartner said.

“With this team, I know that it is possible and it is really emotional because I love my team and we are really close.”

Head coach Dedra Jackson said leadership has been a big key for Myranda this year and when she graduates in the fall it will be tough losing her passion.

“Myranda has drive and passion and is the leading scorer this year,” Jackson said. “We are going to lose her shot and passion so it is going to be a hard loss when Myranda leaves this year.”

Another area where Baumgartner shines is with the discipline she has on the soccer pitch.

“She was captain this year and when the girls are not lined out she steps up and tells them to get in line and take care of business,” Jackson said. “She has had a lot of experience in helping to guide our team this year.”

Baumgartner said she takes her leadership role seriously and looks to help build her teammates up prior to every game this season.

“My biggest thing that I have always said is never get down on yourself and never give up,” Baumgartner said. “When you do, that is when you let yourself down. When you mess up don’t quit and keep doing what you do because you need to persevere to be better.”

With most of the kids enjoying their Spring Break, Baumgartner has began the process of making college visits in hopes of playing college soccer.

“I have two options that I am heavily considering,” Baumgartner said. “I am looking at Southwestern University and Austin College. I will make a decision after Spring Break on which one I want to chose and I am looking at playing college soccer.”

She said getting to the tail end of the season is starting to get tough because of the close bond she has had with her fellow teammates.

 “For myself, it is knowing that these are my last few games with these girls and it will be the last time that I get to enjoy playing with these girls,” Baumgartner said. “That is my motivation and with soccer I have always had that motivation to play hard. These girls are always working with me and they are my inspiration to play hard.”

Jackson said Myranda can be an unstoppable force in college.

“I would like to see her pass the ball and give and go and take the easy shot instead of barrelling her way through players in games,” Jackson said. “If she were to do that, I think she would be unstoppable as a forward.”

Baumgartner said she has one goal in mind as her lasting legacy at Athens High School.

“I guess I would want the team and the coaches and players to remember me as a great player and somebody who worked hard for the team,” Baumgartner said.

Jackson agreed with the goal of Baumgartner.

“I think her lasting mark will be the passion she has for the game,” Jackson said. “She has passion a lot of the girls don’t have because she eats, breathes and lives soccer.”

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