Kylee Hicks

Kylee Hicks dives for the ball during Sweetwater’s match against Fulton on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The Sweetwater girls soccer team’s run in the District 4-A tournament last week was bittersweet.

The Lady Wildcats performed well on Monday, defeating Bledsoe County 3-1 and advancing to the district semifinal match on Tuesday against Greenback. That’s when the campaign turned sour. Sweetwater didn’t find the same success it had against Bledsoe when facing the Lady Cherokees. It lost 3-0 and was eliminated.

“I am very proud of the growth made this season,” Sweetwater head coach Mallory Gruenenfelder said. “It was great to come into the postseason stronger than we were in regular season and to beat Bledsoe County.”

Despite the disappointing end to 2019 for the Lady Wildcats, second-year coach Gruenenfelder had positive overall takeaways.

“I have seen significant improvement from game to game,” Gruenenfelder said, “So I am excited to see the development we can make in the offseason.”

District awards announced

With all county girls soccer teams’ seasons now over, All-District honors have been announced.

Sweetwater’s Kylee Hicks was named the District 4-A Goalkeeper of the Year along with Greenback’s Angelita Astudillo, while Tellico Plains’ Chedeline Duncan was given the Leadership Award. The All-District First Team included Sweetwater’s Sarah Wilson and Ally Starnes, and Duncan. The Second Team featured Hicks and Tellico’s Emily England.

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