Scarpa sisters lead undefeated George Jenkins | HS Sports
Lakeland, Fla. -- Kacy Scarpa is used to winning at George Jenkins. Her coach describes her as the leader of the top-ranked, 23-0 Eagles.
But the senior defender has yet to win a state championship.
"I remember my freshman year being devastated, losing in the finals," Kacy said. "I think this year is our time to prove it that we deserve it."
George Jenkins last won a state title in girls' soccer in 2008. That was the year before Kacy's team lost in the championship game. Each year since, they've lost one round earlier.
First-year head coach Marissa Kazbour knew from the first practice that this Eagles team could bring a state title back to Lakeland.
"You need that little bit of luck on your side," Kazbour said. "I really hope we can do it. I think we're definitely talented enough."
Kacy is one of those talented players. She will play next year at Florida State, who reached the NCAA final four. Forward Tori Abnathy and her 46 goals will join Kacy with the Seminoles.
But the most talented player on the team might be sophomore Jessie Scarpa, Kacy's younger sister. Jessie will travel to Germany in March as a member of the U.S. U-16 Olympic developmental team.
"It helps me step out of my comfort zone" Jessie said. "I'm not used to playing with those people, not used to playing the certain position I'll be playing."
Jessie will move from midfield to forward with the U.S. team, but she hopes to help George Jenkins - and her older sister - cap an undefeated season with a state championship.
"I have confidence in us," Jessie said. "and we all want it bad enough to win."