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Athlete of the Week: Sarratt anchors SHS defense
Taylor Sarratt, senior center back, Statesboro High School. - photo by MIKE ANTHONY/staff

    The Statesboro girls’ soccer team has its sights set on big things this season and senior defender Taylor Sarratt is leading the charge.
    The Lady Blue Devils have started the season with a 2-0 record and have outscored opponents by a combined score of 7-1 so far. Both of those stats are indicative of the Devils’ renewed defensive efforts and Sarratt’s ability to anchor the back four.
    “We established five core values heading into this season,” SHS coach Brian Thomas said. “Of those, the only one dealing with on-field issues was defense. Our defense was OK last season, but we wanted to stress that even more this season.”
    Along with Kristen Reichard, Sarah Brown and fellow senior Laura Campbell, Sarratt and the Devil defense has been a stone wall to opposing offenses so far. A four-year star for Statesboro, Sarratt’s efforts paid off just before the season began as she signed a letter of intent to play for Georgia Southern in the fall.
    “I’m very proud of Taylor and she deserves it,” Thomas said. “With all of the hard work that she has put in, here at Statesboro and with her club team, she has definitely proven that she has what it takes to play at the next level.”