Last line of defense

Standing in front of the net like a stone wall, Elkins High School goalie Charlie George is the last line of defense for opposing teams. The Tigers are off to an excellent start this season, and one of the main reasons is the excellent play from the senior goalkeeper.

Coach Scott Cutright says George has been a huge contributor to his team’s 5-2-1 record. So far this season, George has shut out four teams, including Martinsburg, Liberty-Harrison, Philip Barbour and Greenbrier East. She has given up 10 goals through eight games, however four of those goals came in the loss to Fairmont Senior.

“She’s really solid in the goal for us and the glue that keeps us together,” Cutright said. “It gives us confidence when Charlie’s back there because she has made some incredible saves so far this year. I’ve been very impressed.”

According to Cutright, George is a silent leader on the team. He said her actions speak much louder than words on the field. He said she plays the game with a high level of intensity and keeps the team motivated to win.

“She’s a quiet leader,” Cutright said. “She leads with her actions. She’s really done a good job in the goal for us. She has really stepped up her game and that really helps the team.”

George, who also was crowned the Elkins High School Homecoming Queen last Friday, told The Inter-Mountain she is enjoying her final year playing at the high-school level. She says the team has shown lots of improvement since the beginning of the season and expects the girls to finish the season strong and hopefully make the playoffs.

“The season’s going good so far,” George said. “We are improving a lot. The girls are playing really hard. We’ve grown a lot. We used to play as individuals. Now we work together as a team. We get frustrated sometimes, but we all come together because we realize that we love the game. It’s why we come out here every day and play.”

George said she has played organized soccer since she was 4-years-old. She said goalie is her favorite position because she likes the challenge of being the last person to have a chance to stop opponents from scoring.

“I like being the last line of defense,” George said.

“It’s up to me to stop them from scoring and I like that.”

The Tigers will return to action at 6 p.m. today at East Fairmont.