Evans High Athletic Director Kevin Kenny walked into the Knights' gym for a quick glance at the school's region title banners.
Kenny wanted to confirm what he already thought to be true -- an Evans girls' soccer team has yet to win a region crown.
After a thrilling Feb. 26 victory against Lakeside, the Knights are in line to win Region 3-AAAA if they don't stumble.
"It looks promising," Evans senior Kim Fischer said.
Fischer has been in the middle of her team's success. The Knights center midfielder has played the primary role in directing the team -- both offensively and defensively.
Fischer started playing for the Augusta Arsenal when she was 9. She has played center mid the past six years.
The position is where she is comfortable and a large reason she chose to play next at Berry College. Fischer will be joined at the school by Lakeside senior and Arsenal teammate Lindsey Williams.
Fischer said she was impressed during her visit to the school and impressed that Berry coaches had seen her play more than once. Perhaps most important -- they think she could play center mid.
The position allows Fischer to move up and participate in the attack, but also to drop back and help on defense. Fischer said she enjoys mixing it up in the middle -- fighting for air balls and making tackles. The position allows her to do that.
"A lot of our players are fast and can take on people," Fischer said. "I'm more aggressive, physical, win the tackles."
Fischer leads a Knights team that has seen a number of different head coaches during the past few years. She controls the game from the primary position, corralling the ball or taking a shot when the ball comes free at the 18-yard mark, or moving the ball along to an open teammate.
"It doesn't really require a lot of sprinting," Fischer said. "I can control the ball, pass it around -- keep control of the game."
The most important test of the Knights' cohesiveness thus far was against the Panthers. Evans struck first for a 1-0 lead, but had to scramble to send the game to penalty kicks after Lakeside scored two goals late.
With the way the region schedule is set up, there is no postseason tournament. The teams' first meeting will be their only one this year.
The early victory allowed the Knights to control their region fate.
"Our players gave their all to the game," Fischer said. "There's no slacking. Everyone worked together and they worked hard."
Winning region is the team's goal. Fischer also set some individual goals before the season.
She wants to average a goal per game. She wants to be named all-region.
Fischer had nine goals through nine games. She's the team leader on what appears to be the region's top team.
Other accolades seem merely a formality.
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