The Dawson County varsity girls soccer team returned from their annual trip to Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee last week after having what Head Coach Jed Lacey called four days of great training.
For the first time ever, the camp was only for the Lady Tigers team and the players received tailored training from LMU's new head soccer coach, Sean Fraser.
"I picked his brain. This guy's a genius," said Lacey. "I left as a better coach."
Fifteen girls traveled for the four days of workouts in the Appalachian Mountain range.
Usually the team travels for camp at LMU in July and participates with other high school programs during the same week. Lacey said he preferred this format.
"I sat down with Sean and told him what we wanted to do next year. He did drills particular to everything I wanted," Lacey said. "I couldn't be more pleased. We are going to be good."
The team participated in three sessions a day beginning with a Sunday night session upon their arrival on June 11.
"Every girl walked away a better player," Lacey said. "All of these girls are close, probably the closest team we have ever had."
The team also did a series of evening eight-on-eight games with the help of LMU assistant soccer coach Fernanda Miaci.
During the event, rising senior Ruthie Pittman was offered a scholarship with LMU and Frankie Muldoon had her offer confirmed under the leadership of Fraser.
The team also selected four captains for the upcoming season: Kenzie Kimbarl, Fallan Lacey, Muldoon and Rachel Rajczak.
Two rising freshman traveled for the event-Raima Faille and Molly Muenchen.
"Raima is probably the most improved player there," Lacey said.
Following the final session on June 14, the team had lunch and bowled together.
"It's the greatest camp we've ever been to," Lacey said.
This is the last of any summer workouts for the varsity program as almost all of the players are part of club teams throughout the offseason.
"We are done until conditioning in December," Lacey said.
Ronda Edwards drives the bus for the team every year when they make the trip to LMU.
"She is the team mom to all these girls and all the things she does for us, she is more like an assistant coach," Lacey said.