Athlete Spotlight: Greenbrier High School - Corri Fennell and Missy Lewis.
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The Greenbrier High School soccer team has the best of both worlds in Missy Lewis and Corri Fennell.
The Lady Wolfpack senior co-captains exhibit totally different tactical styles, but when they step on the pitch, they mesh together like pieces of a puzzle.
Lewis plays sweeper and keys Greenbrier's impressive defense. Fennell is on the front line leading the Lady Pack's offensive attack.
"My job is to not let anybody score. I like being aggressive," Lewis said. "My philosophy is to just get the ball away from the other player."
Lewis has made that philosophy ring true during every match as a four-year starter at Greenbrier.
"Every game she's there giving everything she's got," Greenbrier coach Alex Heider said. "Missy brings a lot of intensity to the game, and she's like our last line of defense. She has the skill to stop people and the determination to make it happen."
Like Lewis, Fennell is also aggressive, but in a different way.
"I'm a finesse player," Fennell said. "I think soccer is a simple game. You should play the feet and minimize your touches."
Fennell has struck for 12 goals so far this season, and she also has dished out 10 assists.
"That shows you what kind of all-around player she is," Heider said. "Corri creates opportunities for her teammates, and her quickness is unbelievable. Before you know it, she's hit the shot and the keeper doesn't have a chance."
While the two Lady Pack standouts have set their sights on playing college soccer in the future, other priorities come first. The first goal is to cap their prep careers by helping Greenbrier win the region title this season.
"No. 1 on my list is to win region," says Lewis, who plans to attend Georgia College & State University and is thinking about joining the school's inaugural soccer team next season.
Once the region crown is secured, the next step is to storm into the Georgia High School Association Class AAAA state tournament, and Fennell knows achieving success at state is not a two-person job.
"We have a lot of players that work hard and don't mind coming out and playing their hardest," said Fennell, who has signed to play collegiately at Winthrop University. "We have a real good chance of going far in the state playoffs this year."
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