The 2019 PHS Lady Panther soccer team opened the 2019 season by dropping a 1-0 decision to Gallatin last week.
The Wave, a triple A school, proved to be a formidable opponent for the Purple and a good test in the Purple 's first match of the season.
"Gallatin is a good team and very physical," coach Ryan Goostree acknowledged. "We had some good shots on goal, and we controlled the pace of the game in the first half."
Goostree has a young team this season with seven freshmen and sophomores in starting roles.
"Thanks to our middle school program, we have better quality of girls," Goostree pointed out. "We are young at the midfield and striker positions, so we are struggling scoring. We are young but limited in experience. The girls work hard, and they want to do well."
The teams' goalkeeper is Kenzie Campbell with the defensive specialists consisting of Aliyah Chambers, Lillie Clifton, Chloe Carter and Ellla Clifton.
A senior, Emma Gregory, heads up the midfielder with Alex Tuttle and Allie Cranford also playing at those spots.
"I feel like our defense is our strength," Goostree pointed out.
The strikers include two ninth graders, Buk Mot, Ragan Borders and Hailey Chambers.
"We will have a different style of play this season," Goostree pointed out. "The girls understand their roles, and they play well as a team."
The last two state champions in Class AA came from the district. White House won the title in 2017 and Beech took home the gold ball last season.
Goostree feels his squad can compete for a district championship in 2019.
"We are potential contenders," Goostree commented. "We have some obstacles to overcome. One of our team goals is to win the district."
Remaining members of the team include Gabby Biggs, Anna Ray, Payten Cole, Abby Bermudez, Hayden Jones, Cheyenne Crowley, Hailey Chambers, Kilee Hamilton, Karlee Clayton, Tia Tuttle, and Hollyn Horrocks.