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Athlete of the Week: Patterson keys SHS defense
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Makayla Patterson, Statesboro High School soccer player - photo by MIKE ANTHONY/staff

    Statesboro High's girls have big plans for this soccer season, and teams must find their way past Makayla Patterson.
    As one of three seniors, Patterson has been an essential part of the team in 2012. Starting every game, she has led the Devils to a 6-2 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in region 2-AAAA.
    “I have to give all of the credit to my teammates and our coaches,” Patterson said. “I go out there every game trying to do my best, but our coaches put us in great position to win, and the rest of the girls are giving me leads to protect.”
    In a crucial game against Effingham County on Tuesday, Patterson was in top form. She denied all of the Lady Rebels’ early chances and allowed her team to build a 3-0 lead. Patterson made an incredible diving save before Effingham caught a fortunate bounce to score its first goal in two games against her.
    For a team that focuses on defense and is looking to go far this season, Patterson knows that her senior season will have to be her best.
    “We’re excited for the rest of the season,” Patterson said. “Not making the playoffs last season motivated us. We definitely want to do a lot better this year.”