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Pritchard to attend Gordon College
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Katie Pritchard, seated center, signed a soccer scholarship May 4 to continue her career at Gordon College in Barnesville. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Lady Tiger soccer player Katie Pritchard signed an athletic scholarship May 4 to continue her career at Gordon College in Barnesville, Ga.

 

Pritchard led the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers in scoring the last two seasons. This past year she scored 11 goals for Head Coach Jed Lacey’s team, which finished with a final record of 8-6.

 

“Katie is one of the best and most decorated soccer players we have ever had at Dawson County High School,” Lacey said. “It is going to be hard to replace a player like Katie.”

 

Gordon College is primarily a two-year institution with the University System of Georgia. The school has an enrollment of around 4,500 students.

 

Last year the soccer team at Gordon had a tough year going 4-14-1 under second year coach Vicky Bright. The Highlanders have been busy recruiting this spring trying to improve next year’s team.

 

Gordon plays in a tough conference, which includes teams such as, Abraham-Baldwin College, Georgia Perimeter, South Georgia College and Darton to name a few.

 

“I chose Gordon because it’s only about an hour away from home,” said Katie Pritchard. “At Gordon the coach is really trying to build a team up and I want to be a part of that.

 

“Gordon feels like home to me. The coaching staff made me feel like they wanted me there. Coach Bright said that I can play right forward which is the position I played in high school.

 

“After two years at Gordon I want to transfer to the University of Georgia and play there. My goal after UGA is to continue moving up and play at the highest level,” Pritchard added.

 

“Katie has left behind a work ethic, passion and desire that our younger players will try and follow. She only played at one speed, wide open. Even though I only coached Katie one year, I am sad to see her go,” Lacey said.

 

Pritchard has been honored by being named to the Georgia High School State Soccer All-Star game to be played May 21 at Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs.

 

“It is such an honor to be named to this team and Katie deserves this type of recognition. This will put the final stamp on a tremendous high school career. I will miss Katie deeply and I wish her all the best in the world,” he added.

 

Lacey said Pritchard deserves the recognition.

 

“This will put the final stamp on a tremendous high school career. I will miss Katie deeply and I wish her all the best in the world,” he said.