Waters led the Lady Eagles into the Class AAAAAA playoffs where they fell to eventual state champion Parkview in the first round. She totaled 13 goals and seven assists on to become the program’s fifth all-time scorer.
For her success this season, Waters is the 2013 Cherokee Tribune Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
Etowah coach John Murnan, who has known Waters since she was in seventh grade, said the player has a true gift. He said Waters’ speed is her greatest asset.
“She actually was a track star when she was 10 and 11 years old,” Murnan said. “She had to choose between track and soccer, and she chose soccer. It’s really worked out for her. It’s crazy to watch her.”
Murnan said Waters had the ability to chase down balls that no other player would have been able to corral. She also has the ability to accelerate quickly and is agile.
“I’ve never coached anyone else like her,” Murnan said.
Waters, who will graduate with her classmates this afternoon, has six weeks before joining her new team in Athens.
“I’m just going to be training and getting ready for that,” Waters said. “I think that I need to work on my technical and ball skills. I am lacking in that area and I rely too much on my athleticism.”
When Waters gets to Georgia, she will begin playing with many of the players she has matched up against to this point in her career.
She said it will be a nice change.
“These are some of the best athletes and soccer players in Georgia and I think it will be a really cool opportunity to play with them,” Waters said.
As for playing at Etowah, Waters said the best part was making friends with all of her teammates.
“We were a really close bunch,” she said. “The best part of playing was playing with all of them this season.”