“We pride ourselves on our family atmosphere,” said starting goalkeeper Mayville. “We do everything together. Our chemistry is great.”
Pirate Soccer Has Local Flavor
Five starters on the Pirate women's soccer team hail from three local high schools – Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Windsor Forest High School and St. Vincent's Academy. The squad has not seen such a high number of local players since the program began six years ago. At that time, four players called the Hostess City home.
“The local players from Savannah make a significant impact on our team,” said head coach Eric Faulconer. "We recruited a little bit out of the local area when we first started the program in 2005. There was a group of players from the area that started graduating high school in 2009 through 2011 that I thought were quite talented and could really enhance our soccer program here at Armstrong.”
The group of local athletes includes Meghan Mayville from Savannah Christian, Courtney Cawley from Windsor Forest, and Mary Margaret “Tiger” Davis, Casey Dixon and Jordan Otto from St. Vincent's Academy.
Mayville (00) is a starting goalkeeper who grew up on Isle of Hope. She is a junior math education major who received a full athletic scholarship to attend Armstrong. She is also a member of the PBC Presidential Honor Roll.
Davis (6) is a freshman on an athletic scholarship who plays midfield and is studying psychology.
Cawley (8) is another midfielder who grew up in the Georgetown area of Savannah. She was named a Peach Belt All-Conference player in 2010 and is a member of the PBC Presidential Honor Roll.
Dixon (13) is a forward and freshman nursing major on an athletic scholarship. So far this season, she has assisted on two overtime game winning goals.
Otto (26), also a forward, grew up in the midtown area of Savannah and received a partial athletic scholarship. She is member of the PBC Presidential Honor Roll. She has made an assist in four games this year and scored a goal. She was familiar with Armstrong's soccer program before attending high school.
“I knew Coach when I was younger. He used to coach me on a club team. So I've always wanted to come here to play soccer,” Otto said. “When I was little, I would come here to watch all of the games.”
Sharing the same hometown roots fosters camaraderie and unity among the players. “We pride ourselves on our family atmosphere,” said starting goalkeeper Mayville. “We do everything together. Our chemistry is great.”
The cohesion is paying off for the Pirates. So far this season, the Lady Pirates have nine wins, two losses, and one draw.