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Lady ‘Cats Soccer Overcoming COVID, Slow Start to the Season

Livingston Academy

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats have established themselves, over the years, as one of the Upper Cumberland’s elite girls’ soccer programs. Coach David Sadler welcomed back seven seniors from a squad that made a run to the Class AA State Semifinals, where their run was ended by eventual State Champion, Greeneville. Needless to say, there was a tremendous amount of excitement and expectation at the onset of this season.

Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for that enthusiasm to subside. The Lady ‘Cats opened the season with a 2-2 tie with Kingston, but four straight losses ensued, capped off by a poor showing in the annual Smoky Mountain Cup tournament in Gatlinburg. Issues with inconsistent play – not to mention dealing with COVID – left Coach David Sadler scratching his head as August was winding down. As District play opened, and the COVID became less of an issue, Livingston Academy has found themselves on a roll – seven straight wins since August 24, which has placed them on top of District 6-AA.

Joseph Staton of UC Sports Nation spoke with Coach Sadler about his team’s slow start and amazing turnaround to the 2021 season.

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