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Lawson Soccer Team Ready to Shine


As the fall season kicks off, James Lawson High School’s soccer team stands ready to write a new chapter in their storied history. Under the guidance of Coach Hillegas, a fresh sense of excitement and determination permeates the team as they navigate the challenges and opportunities that come with being newcomers to the school. The team is poised for success both on and off the field.

Coach Hillegas, at the helm of Lawson’s soccer program, radiates optimism as he discusses his hopes and goals for the season. 

“We’re looking for a team that works well together, exhibits a positive attitude, and demonstrates a strong work ethic,” Hillegas said.

Despite the transition to a new school environment, Coach Hillegas notes that the team has adapted seamlessly, benefiting from improved facilities and a supportive atmosphere.

Senior goalkeeper and team captain, Gai Gai, speaks to the emotional rollercoaster of being a soccer player, particularly in his role between the posts. 

“Every goal scored on you is like the worst feeling ever,” Gai said.

 Despite the pressure, Gai remains determined to lead his team to victory, setting his sights on clinching the District title in his final year.

Junior defender, Daniel Daniel, echoes Gai’s sentiments, expressing enthusiasm for the season ahead. 

“We hope to get far in the district tournament,” Daniel said.

With aspirations of success, Daniel credits the team’s cohesion and the guidance of Coach Hillegas for their promising prospects.

Acknowledging the team’s strengths, Coach Hillegas emphasizes the character and academic prowess of his players. However, he also highlights areas for improvement, noting the need for skill development among some players. With a focus on individual growth and teamwork, Coach Hilligas aims to cultivate a cohesive unit capable of competing at the highest level.

Both Gai and Daniel emphasize the importance of balancing soccer with other aspects of life. 

“Soccer is the only time when I don’t have to think about a lot of stuff,” Gai said. 

“Coach is flexible with us,” Daniel said. 

Hillegas allows players to manage family commitments and academic responsibilities alongside their athletic pursuits.

As James Lawson High School’s soccer team embarks on its journey, they do so with a sense of unity, purpose, and unwavering determination. 

With Coach Hilligas leading the charge and players like Gai Gai and Daniel Daniel anchoring the squad, the team is poised to leave an indelible mark on the season ahead. As they navigate the highs and lows of competition, one thing remains certain: the Lawson Lightning is primed to shine brightly on the soccer field.

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Mia Mirsaidova
Mia Mirsaidova, Staff Writer
Mia Mirsaidova is a junior at JLHS and is a first-year staff member for The Lightning Letter. She enjoys swimming and watching Formula 1; fan of Red Bull, Aston Martin, and Mercedes. Mia loves cars, learning new languages, and horror/comedy movies. She also believes that Nashville's best burger place is 'Baam Burger'.
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