Decatur, Austin girls find game enjoyable
By Ashley Hargrove
HUNTSVILLE — Decatur High’s Claire Walker and Austin’s Stephanie White typically are crosstown rivals during high school soccer season, but Tuesday, they became teammates for a day.
Walker and White played for the North squad in the 11th annual All-Star Sports Week, and even though the South pulled out a 3-0 girls soccer win at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park, White said that it was a good experience.
“I’ve enjoyed it,” said White, a goalkeeper.
“It’s always fun to meet and play with people that you don’t know. Everybody on this team plays against each other during the school year, so it’s nice to get a chance to work with them rather than against them.”
White said the experience was that much more fun by having Walker, a defender, on her team.
“This is a big honor,” White said.
White added: “I feel like we represented Austin and Decatur High well. Having Claire on the team made it even better.
I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Lydia Townsend of Enterprise scored all three goals for the South squad. Voted the South’s most valuable player, Townsend tied the event record for most goals scored. Guntersville’s Leigh Burrow also scored three times in 2000.
Vestavia Hills’ Amy Davis was voted the North’s most valuable player.
Tuesday’s game wasn’t the first time that Walker and White have been a part of the same team. Both played club soccer together as youngsters before joining different teams as they got older. Walker plays for the Raptors under coach Ken Gamble, while White plays for Samba out of Huntsville.
With high school soccer season right around the corner, Walker said she’s looking forward to her senior season with the Red Raiders.
“The season is looking pretty good,” Walker said. “It’s going to be pretty intense. I’m pumped about it.”
White is optimistic about Austin’s season, too.
“We’re going to have a pretty solid team this year,” she said. “We have a lot of experienced players coming back and quite a few freshmen coming up. I’m looking forward to it.”
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