Camp Lejeune, NC | March 11, 2019
Georgia Lee is one of the smallest players on the Lejeune High School girls soccer team. However, she came up big in the team’s first match of the 2019 season.
Lee scored four goals, including one on a penalty kick, as the Devil Pups defeated Southside 5-1 at Lejeune High School on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Feb. 27.
“Georgia plays a big game, but she is tiny,” said Charles Teegarden, LHS soccer head coach. “She takes a lot of physicality, but the game takes a lot out of you. As long as she is not getting beat up in the middle, then she will be fine. Georgia is going to find a way.”
Lee is in her first season playing soccer for the Devil Pups (1-0-1). She played soccer last year at Abilene Christian High School in Texas.
“It is amazing playing soccer here,” Lee said. “I am really excited for this season, and it was a great start to the season. I know that we are going to make it far.”
Lee’s success on offense was part of Teegarden’s plan going into the game.
“We looked at a lot of variables throughout the practices and scrimmage,” Teegarden said. “[A coach] needs to recognize where players fit best. We put Georgia up front on purpose, and she had outside and backside help. When everyone works together, it’s going to work.”
Though it’s her first year playing soccer for the Devil Pups, she has fit right in with her teammates, including seniors Jasmin Acosta and Ariana Quackenbush. The three were part of the girls tennis team that advanced to the eastern regional championship in the fall.
“I love playing with Jasmin and Ariana because they are very nice,” Lee said. “I feel really comfortable around them, which has helped me since I joined the soccer team.”
Acosta values the growth that Lee shows with both tennis and soccer.
“The three of us are really close and tennis season already brought us together,” Acosta said. “The way Georgia plays tennis, I assumed she would be amazing with everything she does. On the soccer field, she shows that she deserves her spot on the team.”
Quackenbush said the teammates continue to work to get better.
“It is awesome playing with Georgia and Jasmin,” Quackenbush said. “We just need to work on communication and play together.”
The Devil Pups are next scheduled to host North Duplin at 4 p.m. Friday.