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Patience pays off for Anne Carithers; named to TSWA All-State soccer team


By Randy Cavin

Press Sports Editor

It took all of her high school career to do it but Westview’s Anne Carithers finally made the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Soccer Team.

The TSWA sent out the All-State list Tuesday morning for a Wednesday release with Carithers’ name on the Class A team as a forward.

Carithers has had a great career playing soccer for the Lady Chargers. She helped lead the team to district and region titles throughout her career, while also using her scoring ability to guide them to the state tournament the last three seasons.

This past season was one that put Carithers in the school record book. She set a new school career scoring mark with 141 goals. She found the net 43 times her senior season and she broke the school record in the semifinals of the District 13A tournament.

Westview’s previous holder of the school scoring record is Emily Belote-Johnson, who just so happens to be the current head coach of the Lady Chargers. Johnson was thrilled to hear that Carithers finally made the All-State team.

“That is great news,” Johnson said. “That is pretty awesome. I know she is going to be excited.”

Carithers was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year as the annual soccer banquet. She also earned those same honors from the district.

The senior striker is definitely capable of being a great college player. However, Johnson says Carithers has other plans.

“I wish she would play college ball,” Johnson said. “She doesn’t want to play in college. Anne wants to go to college at the University of Memphis.”

The head coach does know her top senior will be missed. Carithers was not only the leading scorer on the team, but she also helped to teach the younger girls how to go about being a Lady Charger soccer player.

“She’s a great leader,” Johnson said. “She led by example in practice and in games. Anne was the rock of the team and we are going to miss her next season.”

If Carithers were to change her mind and play soccer in college, there may not be many goalies who could prevent her from scoring. She displayed a knack for putting the ball into the net throughout her high school career.”

“She definitely has a mean kick,” the Westview head coach said. “I am pretty sure no goalie wants to go up against her.”

There is one goalie who challenged Anne this past season. However, that goalie plays for the Lady Chargers.

Porter Mantooth, a junior, played soccer for the first time this season as Johnson asked her late in the summer break if she would be interested in being the goalie for the team. Johnson plays for the Lady Chargers’ basketball team and Johnson wanted her as the goalie because she is athletic and has good hands for the position.

“Anne really helped Porter this season,” Johnson said. “If Porter can stop Anne, she can stop anybody.”

Carithers has an outgoing personality and is extremely popular, not only on the team or at school, but with opposing players as well. That is until she steps out onto a soccer field. Carithers plays with such a high intensity and does not back down when challenged by a defender.

“She stands her ground,” Johnson said. “She does not start it but she does not give in either. She can take care of herself on the soccer field. She does not play dirty or anything like that. Anne just stands her ground.”

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