Paige Daly, Staff Writer – The ‘Elite Eight’ game for the Lecanto High School [LHS] girls’ soccer team took place February 13 at Lecanto High School. Up against Land O’Lakes High School, Lecanto won 2-1, meaning that they have now achieved a regional title.
The lady panthers worked and trained hard to win their quarter-final game. From here, they will move on to the final four. The team is proud of their achievements so far and pumped to compete in future games.
“I am so excited to move on to the final four. It was a goal that my team and I set from the very beginning of the season. I am ecstatic to have achieved that, and to have a chance to go to the finals,” said senior Breise Teitelman.
“Winning the game was such an amazing moment for the team. We’ve worked so hard for that moment that it truly felt like a dream come true,” said senior Kallie Weidner. “I loved being able to accomplish that goal we had set for the season with the people I can call my second family.”
The lady panthers made school history by being the first girls’ soccer team in Citrus County to advance to the final four. Their next game will be in Pensacola, February 16.
“I’m so excited to have made history with my teammates and I cannot wait to represent Lecanto High School,” junior Peyton Burdette said.
Not only did the team succeed in accomplishing their goal for the season, players also feel they did well individually.
“I feel like I had a good game despite having an injured hamstring. I was able to score our first goal, which was really exciting for me,” said Teitelman
“There’s always room for improvement, but I worked as hard as I could and helped the team as best as I could,” said junior Kaitlin Zoucha.
The team never fails to lift one another up and excels in trying to help everyone improve.
“I felt like I played a good game. The whole team and every player individually did their part in order to win,” said Burdette. “We each won a small battle and together, we won the war.”