Youth Soccer

Lady Hammers earn promotion

April 23, 2013 

The Lady Hammers finished first in the U14 First East Classic Division. The players are, kneeling from left, Morgan Edmonds, Brianna Miller, Mikayla Atkinson, Bailey Hardison, Elizabeth James, Emilee Futrell, Susannah Snellgrove and Cameron Harrell; and standing from left, coach Nathan Bird, Taylor Ward, Mary Paul Hunt, Blair Poirier, Brooke Smith, Chloe Fanelli, Morgan Loflin, Erin Cooke, Barkley Browder, Alysa McLaughlin and Reily Nelson.


The ‘98 East Wake Soccer Association Lady Hammers have qualified to play among the top tier of soccer teams in the state beginning in the fall.

To qualify for the Premier Classic Level, the Lady Hammers finished first in the U14 First East Classic Division this past season, scoring 14 goals while only allowing 4.

The young ladies made history as the first East Wake Soccer Association team to qualify for the Premier Level of play – a significant accomplishment for a growing club focused on improvement.

Through hard work and commitment, the team has been building over a two-year period and the promotion was the reward.

The Lady Hammers are coached by Nathan Bird, the director of coaching for the East Wake Soccer Association and regional director of Premier UK. Bird said the accomplishment was “a very proud moment to be part of.”

“Endless hard work and attention to detail has paid off by all involved,” he added. “The girls have earned this achievement and will be successful in the future. (It’s) a great recognition for a club working hard to grow and develop youth players.”

The East Wake Soccer Association will hold tryouts for boys Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday May 23; for girls Monday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 22. All tryouts will be held at East Wake High school.

Tryout times are from 5:30-7 p.m. for the U12 age division and younger, and from 7-8:30 p.m. for U13 and older.

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