Eagles take flight over soccer pitch

The Crossett Eagles started their soccer season hosting Hermitage. Though the soccer program is three years old, this is the first time Crossett has been included in a conference.

The Crossett Eagle soccer teams started their season last week by hosting games against Hermitage.

Coach Chuck Rawlings said he is really excited about the season and that students are showing more interest than ever in the three-year-old program.

“We’ve got more kids than we’ve ever had this year,” Rawlings said.

Starting for the Eagles this year on the boys team are forwads Daniel Lemus, Melvin Cendejas and Ty Washington, midfielders Semy Taylor, Jaden Williams and Devan Rowe, defenders Will Ashby, Chris Brisby, Denzel Watkins and goalie Dwight Ashford.

Starting for the girls team are forwards Brooklynn Bailey, Kristin Parks and Alexis Amerson, midfielders Helena Rawlings, Avery Pennington and Emma Burt, defenders Desiree Sivek, Trinity Knight and Robbie Jo Freeman and goalie Anna Hammonds.

The boys lost 3-2 and the girls lost 2-1, but Rawlings said he sees major improvement in both teams.

“We are leaps and bounds ahead of where we were last year, especially the girls team,” Rawlings said.

Both teams are really young teams with only one senior boy and two senior girls on the roster.

The girls traveled to Lake Village on Wednesday night, but results were not available at press time. The boys will travel to Monticello on Thursday night.

Though this is Crossett’s third year to have a soccer program, this is their first year to be in an official conference.

Rawlings said he hopes the community will come out and support the soccer teams at home this year and he wants to really work on getting the word out about the program. Rawlings said he believes people will enjoy the game if they would just give it a chance.

“I’ve had bus drivers who have driven us to games and say that they had never seen a soccer game before, but they really enjoyed it,” Rawlings said.

Rawlings said the home games will be on Yarborough Field and the next home game is actually their first conference game.

On March 26, the Eagles will host Little Rock McCllelan at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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