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LaGrange’s Thompson happy to help out with video

For Caroline Thompson, it was nice to get back on the soccer field.

Thompson is a senior on the LaGrange High girls’ soccer team, and unfortunately for she and her teammates, the season came to a premature end because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thompson, who like so many others has been isolated at home, was recently able to get out of the house and enjoy some time on the grass.

Along with LaGrange High coach Andy Fritchley, Thompson filmed a video for the Troup County Parks & Recreation Commission.

The video, which can be found on the official Troup County Facebook page, lasts a little more than three minutes, and it features Thompson and Fritchley going through a number of drills that players can do at home.

“It was really fun to get out there and do something, even though we had to stay six feet apart,” said Thompson, who will join the University of North Georgia soccer program this fall. “It was still nice to do something soccer-related.”

It has been more than a month since the Lady Grangers played what turned out to be the final game of the season.

Facing Sandy Creek on the road, LaGrange eased to an 8-0 victory to improve to 5-2 overall, and 2-0 in Region 5-AAAA.

The Lady Grangers were trying to win their fourth consecutive region championship, but the season was suspended and eventually canceled.

“That was definitely the goal (to win a region title), and it stinks that we only got to play two region games, but it was nice to get two wins before all of this happened,” Thompson said.

Thompson, the region’s player of the year in 2019, was having a monster senior season.

Thompson had 16 goals and six assists in seven games, and she scored five goals against Benjamin Russell and Troup.

In what turned out to be the final game of her high-school career, Thompson had two goals in an 8-0 win over Sandy Creek.

While disappointed to see the season end early, Thompson enjoyed her time as a member of the LaGrange soccer family.

“(The season) is my favorite part of the year, ever since ninth grade,” Thompson said. “It’s just so much fun. I’ve looked forward to it the entire year.”

Thompson is one of four seniors on the team, and they’ve all been a part of the program for four seasons.

Thompson, Abby Mazzolini, Hana Sato and Anna Doerr helped LaGrange win three straight region titles while posting a 20-0 region record since the start of the 2017 season.

Mazzolini finished her successful senior season with six goals and three assists, and she had three goals against Troup and two in the Sandy Creek game.

Sato had two goals this season, both against Benjamin Russell, and Doerr was a key defensive player.

“We’ve all been a part of it since the ninth grade,” Thompson said. “Anna and Abby and I have played soccer together since we were really, really young.”

Assuming everything returns to normal this fall, Thompson will join the soccer program at North Georgia, with the season set to begin on Sept. 3 against Anderson University.

Thompson, like other student-athletes in the various sports, has been doing what she can to stay fit during these strange times.

“You have to do that,” she said. “You can’t get lazy.”