By Justin Graves

justin@athensnews-courier.com

Over the past six years East Limestone has crept up on the competition in the girls soccer ranks. By claiming five area championships in the past six years, Indians soccer coach Brad Carwile has solidified East Limestone as a playoff contender every year.

This season East Limestone was once again considered one of the better 1A-4A girls soccer programs in North Alabama. The Indians remained in the top ten of the ASWA poll almost the entire season, and seemed to get better as the season went along.

The most incredible aspect of East Limestone’s season was the fact the Indians had all of this success with only one senior.

The News Courier has selected Carwile as girls’ high school soccer coach of the year for guiding East Limestone to another playoff appearance this season.

“This was a good year for us,” Carwile said. “It was even more special that we experienced all of this success with only one senior.”

East Limestone reached an incredible milestone this season under Carwile when the Indians recorded its 100th win. It took East Limestone only six seasons to reach the milestone.

Even though East Limestone’s 100th win was a big milestone, Carwile still believes the Indians sweeping Athens in the two games they played was a bigger accomplishment. East Limestone also avenged an early season loss to Madison Academy to win the area and advance to the playoffs. The Indians’ season ended with a loss to eventual state runner-up and perennial power Randolph.

“Beating our biggest rival twice was big for our program,” Carwile said. “

A key factor in the Indians soccer success this year was junior team captain Paige Boersma.

Boersma – a five-year starter at East Limestone – led the Indians in assist and finished second on the team in scoring with 22 goals.

Others have taken notice Boersma’s tremendous play on the soccer field. She was selected to play on the North team in the North-South All-Star Classic that is part of the AHSAA’s All-Star Week in July. Boersma was also selected to the Class 1A-4A-soccer team that was released this weekend.

“Paige is the type of athlete that is never satisfied,” Carwile said. “She always strives to make herself better.

“She has taken advantage of the great role models that she played with as a seventh grader and is now a tremendous role model herself.”

Soccer isn’t the only high school activity that Boersma has excelled in while at East Limestone. She has maintained a 4.1 grade point average in the classroom. Carwile believes her intelligence makes her a better soccer player.

Boersma was also selected as MVP at the Five Points Shootout this season.

With Boersma and a good supporting cast of players returning for next season, Carwile has high expectations.

Boersma is currently in Brazil and unavailable for comment.

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