Team Says Its Been a Kick

As Girls Move On, Team Says It's Been a Kick

WINTER HAVEN | After six years and two trips to their league's championship game, Winter Haven Kicks team members and the coaches who guided them are about to go their separate ways.

Most of the players on the under-18/19 competitive soccer team will soon be too old for the USA League and head off to college.

"I feel sad about it," said Kristen Weeks. "The team's probably not going to exist next year."

For a team that was formed from a recreational All-Star team six years ago, the Kicks have come a long way. Six players remain from the original group.

They ended their season 13-2-1 and reached the Division I championship game for the second year in a row.

Their only losses were to FC Tampa Blue Lightning, and one of those came in the title game, 2-1.

The team will have to wait until March for another shot at the Blue Lightning at the Region C Cup Tournament.

"Hopefully we will see them in the spring," said coach Allan Langford, who has been with the program since its beginning.

The Kicks scored 48 goals in the fall season while holding opponents to just 15 goals.

Four remained from last year's Division I team. The rest moved up from last year's second-place Division II squad.

Cassara Tabler returned even though she is attending Landmark College. Ally Dickerson is attending Central Florida but still makes it back for games. Eden Ortiz and Rachel Clark play for Polk State, Jessi Crow attends Southeastern and Holly Kinchen was signed by Polk State College.

"They blended well together," Langford said. "We have no prima donnas. That helps. We don't stress who has the most goals." more