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East Laurens’ Averett Signs On With Brewton-Parker For Socce | Local Sport
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Anna Averett gave up tennis at East Laurens because it was more of an

individual sport. She wanted to be a part of a team sport, so she joined the

Lady Falcons soccer team.

“I loved tennis, which was a team sport, but it really wasn’t,” Averett said.

“With soccer, it’s my team and all of those girls were like my sisters and we

care so much about each other. We’re just so close. I loved the team aspect

about it.”

That led the senior to signing Tuesday to continue her soccer career with

the Brewton-Parker Barons next spring.

“This was cool,” Averett said. “My sister did this and I remember being

here watching her (sign) and I wanted to do that one day. It was cool that this

time it was me. It was exciting.”

Averett signed while East Laurens head coach Brad Lord and her future

coach Dan Robertson watched along with family and friends.

“I’m proud,” Lord said. “This is my first player that has gone on to play

soccer at college. Anna is what a student-athlete should be. She’s the

valedictorian of the class. She won my Most Valuable Player Award this year

and she was the player that held everything together. She was a very solid

player in the center of the field. She had a head for the game. It’s rare that

you get somebody to understand the game at her age. I couldn’t be more

proud of her.”

Averett liked what she saw at Brewton-Parker.

“Coach Robertson is really cool and he’s really a nice guy,” Averett said.

“He really cares about players. I also liked the class sizes too. There’s a really

good teacher to student ratio. That really sold it for me.”

Averett enjoyed her time playing soccer with the Lady Falcons.

“I loved my time here at East Laurens,” Averett said.

“Coach Lord is awesome and he’s awesome to play for. He always made

it fun. You didn’t mind going to practice for him because it was always fun

every day. That was different from some of the other sports that I played. But

it was fun at his practices.”

And Lord believes Averett will get better.

“She’s not settling for Brewton-Parker,” he said. “It’s something she

chose herself. Any time you have an interest in what you’re doing, you’re

going to excel. I expect great things from her. Especially close to home, she’ll

receive support. Her (former) coaches will be able to watch her and keep up

with her as well.”

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