DAWSON -- Veann Farr could've given standard "coachspeak" Saturday when asked whether she imagined -- in her first year at the helm -- whether her Terrell Academy girls soccer team would have this much success.
Instead, she was refreshingly honest.
"I have to admit," Farr began, "I wasn't sure if we would make it this deep. But that being said, I knew these girls had amazing ability and this was an amazing, talented group of athletes. I just put my trust in them -- and now look where we are."
Where the Region 3, No. 1-seeded Lady Eagles are, exactly, is back in the GISA Class AA Final Four after routing Region 4, No. 3 Arlington Christian, 6-0, on Saturday at home in the Elite 8. Terrell Academy got three goals from Marlee Locke, two more from Maura Milliron and one from Sarah Bridges as Lady Eagles goalie Millie Foster posted yet another shutout with 11 saves.
What's even more intriguing is the fact that Terrell is making its run in the combined Class A and Class AA tournament, despite playing all other sports exclusively in Class A. But because of the limited number of soccer programs in GISA's smallest two tiers, the win against a mixed field of competition is just that much more impressive.
"The offense went to work early and we scored four minutes in," said Farr, whose team will now play the winner of Saturday's other Elite 8 showdown between LaGrange and Strong Rock on Tuesday in Macon at 7 p.m. "Then our defense really stepped up and girls like Taylor Haynes, Lauren Barfield and Brittney Spilman -- who is just an eighth-grader -- really shut (Arlington) down on defense."
DWS GIRLS SUFFER CRUSHING LOSS:
All week, Lady Knights coach Aly Joslin preached to his girls that last month's shutout loss to Stratford Academy was nothing more than a fluke because DWS was missing several key players.
On Saturday, Stratford made sure to let Deerfield know there was nothing flukey about it.
Stratford, which beat DWS, 7-0, three weeks ago in Macon, scored at will Saturday in their GISA Class AAA Elite 8 showdown in Albany and ran away with a 9-0 win.
"We didn't stick to the game plan -- but I'm not going to make any excuses," said Joslin, a first-year coach whose team ends the season 12-6-2. "Stratford is a quicker, stronger, better and more technically sound team than us. And it showed Saturday."
Making matters worse? DWS' Magige Green was assessed a red card just 20 minutes into the first half for trying to stop a goal with her hands -- an automatic ejection because she is not the team's goalie.
The bad news then continued when the Lady Knights -- who had two players tear their ACL's during the season -- watched in horror as a third player, Brooks Breen, went tumbling to the ground with what Joslin said was sure to be the squad's third identical injury this year.
"It's not 100 percent, but the trainer who looked at (Brooks) said it looked like she tore it," he said.
DWS loses three seniors -- Kayla Hatcher, Lacey Kincheloe and Anna Matthews -- and the losses are big ones. Kincheloe led the team with 26 goals, followed by Matthews with 10 and Hatcher with eight.
"We just need to sit down with the girls (who are coming back) and assess the future of this program and see just how serious they are about taking it to the next level," Joslin said. "Because that's what it will take to beat the (teams like) Stratford."
SHERWOOD LOSES: The Sherwood girls soccer team lost, 5-2, to Heritage Christian late Friday to end its state title hopes.
No further details from the game were available.