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Westover girls soccer ready for first round of state

Terri Satterfield led the Westover girls soccer team to its last region title in 2010, then stepped down for a year before returning this season to take the Lady Pats back to the state tournament.

Terri Satterfield led the Westover girls soccer team to its last region title in 2010, then stepped down for a year before returning this season to take the Lady Pats back to the state tournament.

ALBANY — Westover girls soccer coach Terri Satterfield doesn’t know much about West Laurens, the Lady Patriots’ first-round opponent in the GHSA Class AAA State Tournament today, other than the Lady Raiders’ coach is “really nice.”

“We’ve been emailing back and forth about our teams, travel and hospitality ... things like that,” the coach said Thursday.

The pleasantries, however, will end today.

Westover is back in the state tournament for the third time in three years, and the Lady Pats are on a mission to atone for their last two appearances, which ended in first-round exits after an overtime loss to Mary Persons in 2010 and then to Harlem last season.

“We want to win. We have the attitude that we want to win, and we’re coming to play,” Satterfield said of her team, which finished as the Region 1-AAA runner-up to Cairo and is 14-4 entering today’s 5:30 p.m. matchup, while West Laurens comes in at 11-4-2. “This is a good group of girls, and we’ve had a good season. We don’t want it to end here.”

If Nellie Young has anything to say about it it, it won’t. The Lady Patriots’ leading goal scorer comes in averaging nearly two goals a game.

And she’s just a freshman.

“We’ve only got five seniors, so we’re pretty young and the future is bright with her,” Satterfield said of Young, who finished as Region 1-AAA’s second-leading scorer with 31 goals and five assists. “She’s been great for us — and it’s just her first year. Next year, her sister, Jasmine, who is in the eighth grade, will be here too, so we are expecting big things out of both of them.”

But today is all about this year’s team, which is led by Young’s quick feet and the all-around ability of Katie Brown, who Satterfield calls “our Ms. Do Everything.”

“She’s had (22 goals and 16 assists) as a midfielder, and that’s impressive considering we move her around a lot,” the coach said of Brown, who is a junior and the sister of reigning Herald Player of the Year for boys soccer, Danny Brown. “She’s also our best defender.”

Today’s game may be a first-round home matchup for the Lady Patriots, but it won’t quite feel like it considering the contest is scheduled to be played on the unfamiliar, artificial turf-field at Monroe. Westover’s sprinkler system is under construction and the grass at the school’s current soccer field isn’t playable, hence the venue change.

But Satterfield, whose girls got a chance to practice at Monroe all this week and also played there once during the regular season, isn’t the least bit concerned.

“It will be strange not being at home, for sure, but I think we’ve got a good feel (for the field at Monroe),” she said. “And we can’t thank Monroe enough for allowing us to use it.”

The return to the playoffs also coincides with Satterfield’s return to the sidelines for the Lady Patriots. She was the coach in 2010 when the Lady Pats won their first region crown since 2007, but then stepped aside last year to let former coach John Daughety take back over the team when he returned from overseas military service. Westover slipped from a No. 1 state seed to a No. 4 seed last year under Daughety, who then left during the offseason to take the girls head coaching job in Americus.

Now Satterfield is back and running the show again, and she couldn’t be happier.

“It feels good to be back, and I like our team a lot this year — and our chances (today),” she said.