Girls Get The GoalsFeb 15, 2023 04:26PM ● By Patricia Smith
In a world of so many sports, there was once a time when the male gender dominated media spotlights.
Bringing in the new year things are changing and in recognition of National Girls & Women in Sports Day (February 1), The Bradfordville Bugle is highlighting eight senior Timberwolves of the Lawton Chiles High School soccer team: Natalie NeSmith, Olivia Carter, Layla Thompson, Kayli Sutherland, Kylie Poore, Madelyn Scaringe, Clare Dold, and Morgan Klees.
All eight young women have plans to attend college and pursue careers that will make a difference in a world in need of more female mentors and leadership roles.
Natalie NeSmith went 16 years with a heart disease without even knowing it and she did not let her medical condition hold her back from playing a midfielder position in soccer at Chiles the last four years. She plans to get a college degree and pursue a career in Real Estate. Her favorite soccer memory was when she scored a pk from the 30-yard line during her freshman year in a game against the Lincoln High School soccer team.
Olivia Carter has played soccer for four years and plans to attend Florida State University. She is undecided on a degree but has the intention of choosing something in business. Her favorite soccer memory was when she made the winning goal against the Leon High School soccer team just as the final whistle was blown.
Layla Thompson with her family.
Layla Thompson has played soccer since she was in kindergarten and the last four years as a Chiles Lady Timberwolf. She holds the district championship win during her freshman year close to heart as a favorite memory because it was the first in nine years. She plans to attend the University of North Florida and play at the Division 1 soccer level. She also wishes to major in biology. Thompson was chosen Player of the Game December 2, 2022.
Kayli Sutherland has played as a Chiles Lady Timberwolf midfielder for the last four years. She plans to attend college to study biology and hopes to become a pediatrician. Her favorite memory was trying Whataburger for the first time after an away game with her soccer team.
Kylie Poore with her mother.
Kylie Poore has played a midfielder position at Chiles High School for the last fours years and has six years’ experience playing soccer with the Elite Girls 03. She plans to attend Tallahassee Community college and then on to Florida State university. She has loved traveling and being a part of the team. Her favorite memories were those out-of-town games and Busy Bee stops while on the road.
Madelyn Scaringe with her parents.
Madelyn Scaringe is one of the team captain’s and has played the last four years at Chiles High School. She has plans to attend college and has narrowed her selection down to Auburn or the University of Florida to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. She has hopes and aspirations to also be involved in a college level dance marathon. She loved winning the district championship during her sophomore year and playing soccer with some of her closest friends. She also loves to bake cookies.
Clare Dold moved to Tallahassee from Northern Virginia and has played soccer at Chiles High School for the last three years. She is undecided on which university but looks forward to accomplishing a four-year degree. Some of her favorite memories will be forever in her heart as she remembers traveling with the team. Dold was chosen Player of the Game on January 17, 2023.
Morgan Klees with Head Coach Christopher Levan and her family.
Morgan Klees has played with the Timberwolves for the past three years. Her soccer experience includes Bay United and Florida Elite. She has plans to attend Tallahassee Community college and her fondest memories are the bus rides while traveling with the team. Klees was chosen Player of the Game on January 13, 2023.
All these young women have set good examples and positively influenced the freshman, juniors, and sophomores on their team. The eight young women have bright futures and will surely leave imprints in this world that is full of choices and changes.