ELHS' Ferrell named top player

By Doug Gorman

Eagle's Landing sophomore Hayley Ferrell always seemed to be at the right place at the right time for the Lady Golden Eagles' soccer.

That might explain why she finished the season with 31 goals and 10 assists.

For her efforts, Ferrell has been named the Daily's Player of the Year.

Ferrell helped the Lady Golden Eagles to a historic season, including a 12-7-1 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs.

Eagle's Landing won its first playoff game ever, beating Effingham County 6-1 behind Ferrell's stellar three-goal performance.

Ferrell and her teammates took charge of the contest early, as this year's Southern Crescent Player of the Year scored less than a minute into the game.

That set the stage for the Lady Golden Eagles dominating performance.

Although the Lady Golden Eagles lost 1-0 to perennial state power Starr's Mill one-week later, the groundwork has been laid for the team's bright future.

The credit has to go to coach Dorsey Rice, who has been named the Southern Crescent Coach of the Year.

Joining Ferrell and Rice on the All-Southern Crescent first team from Eagle's Landing are Laura Draize, Lauren Harris and Leigh Jakes.

Harris and Ferrell aren't just teammates, they are also next door neighbors, who often know what they other is going to do.

"Sometimes it's like we are on the same page," Harris said after the team's victory against Effingham County.

They proved that in the win against Effingham County, combining on five goals.

Stockbridge and Union Grove are also Henry County schools represented on the first team.

Union Grove, which finished with a No. 10 ranking in the Class AA/A poll, placed Andrea Bustamante and Kelly Pipkin on the first team.

Bustamante scored 11 goals and tallied five assists for the region champions.

The Lady Wolverines ended their season with a 4-0 loss to Brookstone in the third round of the Class AAAAA tournament.

Alissa Saylor, who scored 17 goals and tallied nine assists, helped lead Stockbridge's offense.

The play of Alicia Powell also made the first team with her steady play.