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Girls soccer: Armuchee’s Reese gains elite honor

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Emily Reese made a big impact on the Armuchee girls soccer program this season — and she apparently made a big impression on the opposing coaches.

Reese, a junior, was recently named the Class AA Girls Student Athlete of the Year by

She was selected for the award based on voting by GHSA coaches.

Reese played nearly every minute of every game this year for Armuchee, and helped the Lady Indians earn a state playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year.

Reese anchored a strong defense and was a major reason the Lady Indians had eight shutouts this season.

Armuchee earned the right to host a first-round state game by finishing as the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AA behind only Calhoun.

“She also had five goals and her team often looked for her to make a strong run out of the defensive third of the field,” said Armuchee head coach Don Bettler.

Reese’s honor was for play on the field and performance in the classroom.

In addition to her soccer accomplishments, she is a member of National Honor Society. Reese was chosen by her team as the Best Defensive Player of the Year.

“Emily is a competitor,” added Bettler. “She hates to lose and that shows in her commitment on and off the field.”

Reese was one of four Floyd County players — along with Coosa’s Paco Miranda, and Armuchee boys teammates Graeme Bettler and Devin Crowley — who were named to the soccer all-star team.