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Lady Rams favored to repeat
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Forsyth County News
The Covenant Christian Academy varsity girls soccer team is favored — for the first time in school history — to win the Georgia Christian Athletic Association (GCAA) state championship.

The Lady Rams have been considered underdogs the past two seasons,  despite winning back-to-back state titles.

Covenant returns 18 players from last year’s state championship team, and 13 of those players were on both state championship quads.

The Lady Rams also have seven new players to fill the 25 roster spots allowed by the GCAA.

The team will field six seniors this season, including Tori Watson, the 2007 GCAA Most Valuable Player.
Watson has received several soccer scholarships to NAIA schools and expects to announce which school she has chosen during the season.

Watson is the all-time leading scorer for the Lady Rams.

Also included in this year’s senior class is Grace Scharoun, who plans to attend Mercer University on a cheerleading scholarship. Scharoun and Watson are both returning starters from the previous two state championship teams.

Scharoun will graduate as valedictorian of her class. Raina Howard will graduate as salutatorian and has decided to attend Georgia Tech next fall. Howard has more appearances than any other Covenant soccer player in school history.

Erica Fulbright and Rachel Estridge are two additional returning starters from the previous two teams, totaling five senior starters returning from the previous two seasons.

Melissa Dozier, who joined the team last season, returns for her second season as a defender to round out the senior class for the Covenant Lady Rams.

The junior class is led by 2008 GCAA Most Valuable Player Cristy Mulko and goalkeeper Brooke Mazur.

The rest of the team includes four sophomores, seven freshman, two 8th graders and four 7th graders.

Covenant is coached by Johnathan Arnold, who is in his seventh season with the team. Arnold also won five state titles in Tennessee and a collegiate NAIA national championship.

Covenant opens their season against Kings Ridge, a Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) opponent, at 4 p.m. next Thursday at home on CCA Field.