‘Pretty close to being’ usual CAK soccer: Estus

NOLENSVILLE — Christian Academy of Knoxville girls soccer coach Ried Estus said looks can be deceiving.

“At first glance, when people look at our record (2-8 entering this week), they’ll see it and think that we’re not as good as we usually are,” said Estus, the longtime Lady Warriors head coach, who guides a program accustomed to making long postseason runs in October.

“But the truth is, we’re pretty close to being as good as we usually are.”

The Lady Warriors suffered a pair of tough one-goal losses to Smyrna and Nolensville in Middle Tennessee last weekend during their stay in the midstate.

The Lady Warriors dropped a 5-4 decision to the Lady Knights in Nolensville Saturday, Sept. 15, despite four goals from senior Eva Toler. Toler also scored CAK’s lone marker in a 2-1 loss at Smyrna.

The Lady Warriors notched a 5-1 victory in their season opener against Grace Baptist of Chattanooga Aug. 13. CAK also claimed a shutout victory versus Stone Memorial Thursday, Aug. 30.

Estus said he particularly is proud of his team’s senior class, which includes Toler, Lydia Hintz, Carlie Jensen, Riley Pruitt, Jamie Stauffer, Annie Lukens, Madeline Parish, Lainey McConkey and Mackenzie Moyers.

“I have nine wonderful seniors and they’ve worked extremely hard. Our team has been working hard,” Estus said.