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Season Recap: Varsity Boys/Girls Soccer
Playing their first season in GHSA, the TFS boys and girls soccer teams took a swim in uncharted territory. While there were some adjustments that had to be made to acclimate, both programs were unfazed by the competition and rolled into their first-ever state playoff appearances in the process. It was a fantastic 2021 season for both the Indians and Lady Indians.
The Lady Indians entered the 2021 season anchored by a talented group of individuals, including seven seniors who led vocally and in their on-field demeanor. TFS put up a school record eight wins, making the state playoffs for the first time while finishing as Region 8-A Private Runner-Up. Overall, the Lady Indians were 8-4-1.
After back-to-back losses to open the season against Stephens County and Athens Academy, the girls went 8-2-1 the rest of the way. That includes a five-game winning streak within region play. The Lady Indians were 8-2 in region play, with both losses coming to powerhouse Athens Academy.
The offense was an even distribution, with senior Grace Kim tallying a team-best 10 goals and junior Honora Kahwach nine. Iray Adeleke, Sydney Coffey, Addie Higbie and Kat Williams all had four goals each, while Keygan Antosiak and Fendi Jean-Louis also recorded a goal apiece.
Under coach Travis Mullis (second season), the girls surpassed the previous high mark for wins of four. Among the other top performances includes Kim's four-goal game on Senior Night against Athens Christian, which is the second-most in Lady Indians history. In that same game, which featured a team record 11 goals, Kahwach recorded a record three assists. Freshman keeper Kyndal Anderson played solid all season, and recorded a record 45 saves in one game against Athens Academy. Anderson secured two shutouts on the year.
"For several of the upperclassmen, a winning record was a significant milestone, but they and everyone else believed the best was yet to come," says coach Travis Mullis. "They pushed harder and required more of themselves while also continuing to enjoy their time together."
TFS advanced to the GHSA State Playoffs, falling at home to Atlanta International to close the season.
The TFS Indians, likewise, entered 2021 with high expectations in spite of playing their first season in GHSA. The senior leaders delivered for second year head coach Jeremy Stille, as the Indians gelled together for an 8-5 record that captipulted them into the 1A Private State Playoffs and left them third in the Region 8-A Private standings.
TFS opened the season with a 6-2 win over Stephens County. After dropping one to state-ranked Athens Academy, the boys won their next three games. That was interrupted by a pair of losses in a row, but the Indians rebounded to win the next four games, including a record-setting 11-1 win on Senior Night over Athens Christian. That game saw TFS set a program-high in goals, and senior Max Farris tied and broke the school single-season goals and assists records.
Among the standouts included Farris (24 Goals, 14 Assists), Sammy Davis (15 Goals, 7 Assists), Austin Ball (4 Goals, 10 Assists), David Rodriguez Moreno (4 Goals, 4 Assists), Cainan Yaskiewicz (2 Shutouts, 1 Goal, 1 Assist) and Trevor Bramlett (3 Goals). Farris had a pair of five-goal games and a total of four hat tricks, while Davis had three hat tricks of his own.
The Indians advanced to their first-ever state playoff, and fell on the road to Wesleyan to end their season.