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Athlete Spotlight for Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Posted: March 31, 2015 - 11:14pm
Photo by Jim Blaylock  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock

With the kind of season the Evans High School girls soccer team is having, senior team captain Hannah Davall will have plenty of memories to draw from.

Earning all-region and all-county accolades since her freshman year in 2012, the Lady Knights’ center-mid deflects talk of personal accomplishments and brags on what the team has accomplished this season, including beating two-time defending region champion Lakeside twice.

“This year we have a lot more talent on the team, and this is the first year that I’ve really felt confident going into Lakeside,” said Davall. The Lady Knights beat the Lady Panthers a week ago. “I got on the bus and I told them, ‘We’re winning today.’”

And no matter what happens tonight when the Lady Knights play Greenbrier, the postseason is assured because they have sewn up second place in the subregion and will play host to a first-round game.

“We’ve always had to travel because we’ve always ended up being third, so you have to go away for that, Davall said. “It’s a huge advantage to play on your home field, I think.”

Evans’ coach Kevin Musick noted that Davall leads the team by her effort and intensity.

“She is a very talented soccer player that believes in hard work and dedication,” Musick said. “I am very proud of Hannah and the success she has brought to our soccer program at EHS.”

Davall’s father got her into soccer at an early age. She has played travel soccer since she was 8, and has used her doggedness to her advantage on the field.

“I’m just really good at pushing myself,” she said. “I’m a really determined person. If I’m not doing well at something I’m going to be out here practicing, making sure I’m getting at it.”

And what does she think she uses to her advantage most on the field?

“I’m very physical when I play,” Davall said. “Let’s say if someone tries to steal the ball from me, I’m really quick so I can get the ball fast.”

She wishes she could dribble faster like her cousin, junior Bailee Munnerlyn, but likes that different people have different skills that mesh together.

“That’s the good thing about a team, if you lack in something your other teammates have your back,” she said.

And this will be the last year she has a varsity-level team as she doesn’t plan to pursue soccer in college.

“I plan on going to GRU and I think I’m going to go there for a year and save up money and transfer to UGA,” Davall said. “I wasn’t really interested in playing college soccer, I was more interested in focusing on school.

‘‘When you’ve been playing your whole life you get tired of it.”

And what will she take away most from her time at Evans?

“Probably just the friends I’ve made here. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the friends I’ve made here. We might go our separate ways, but I’ll always have them in my memories.”

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