Woodward Academy’s girls soccer team featured just three seniors this season, but the Lady War Eagles continued to be a force in AAAA.
Seniors Izzy Romero, Natasha Copper, and Kinnera Nayudu helped the girls team go 6-0 in region play en route to capturing the region championship and advancing to the AAAA state playoffs. The Lady War Eagles defeated West Laurens in round one of the state playoffs before falling to Jefferson in the 2nd round.
Sophomore Kayla Stadeker led the team in goals scored while junior Molly Ross was voted team MVP. In addition, Megan Garrison, Maddy Cronin, Romero, and Stadeker were named first team All-Region while Jenna Codner and Ross were named second team All-Region. With multiple starters returning next year, the Lady War Eagles should once again be competitive in 2018.
Coach Elliot is in her first year as the head girls soccer coach, having spent this past year as an assistant soccer coach as well as the middle school basketball coach. Coach Elliot came to Woodward after serving four years as an assistant coach for Mercer University’s women’s soccer team. At Mercer, she was part of the 2014 Southern Conference championship team that earned a berth in the NCAA Division I tournament. During her time at Mercer, she coached 11 players who received all-conference recognition for their success on the field. Before coaching, she played four years of Division I soccer at Mercer, where she was a two-time all-conference player and won two conference championships. She graduated from Mercer with a bachelor’s degree in education and later earned a master’s degree in education. Coach Elliot is a 2007 graduate of Woodward where she played softball, basketball, and soccer, winning a state championship title in soccer. She holds a United States Soccer Federation “C” license. In addition to her coaching duties, Coach Elliot is a math teacher in both the Upper School and Middle School.