FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WSMV) — Three different football fields in Williamson County hosted nine different teams on a historic Sunday for the state.
The first-ever high school women’s soccer league has begun its season. This is a pilot program supported by the Tennessee Titans, in conjunction with the TSSAA, in hopes of expanding the sport throughout Tennessee.
“It’s so exciting,” says Katie Reed, a Franklin High Senior. “I’ve been waiting for this day for a while. I just moved here. But, it’s super cool.
Signing up to play was a no-brainer for Reed.
In fact, dozens of girls across the county felt the same way, with all nine public high schools filling out rosters to participate.
“I think a lot of us grew up playing football with our brothers and watching with our dad,” says Emmie Maumus, a Franklin High Junior. “It’s just a game that we can go out and play for the first time and we’re so excited.”
How serious is the commitment to do this work? Many school football coaches lead women’s teams. This includes Centennial’s Matt Kriesky.
“Just to let the girls know it’s important. We want this sport to grow and we want to keep growing every year,” says Kriesky.
The nine schools will play eight games on Sundays over the next six weeks. And Nissan Stadium will host a post-season tournament to top it all off.
“All my life I wish I could have played football,” says MaKayla Beebe.
“Seeing how important it was in my family. I think it’s fun for the girls to finally feel some of that.
Beebe is Franklin’s volleyball coach and helps the flag football team.
And she’s not kidding when she says sports are important to her family. His father is former NFL wide receiver Don Beebe.
“My dad is still a coach and now it’s fun to be able to connect even more on a coaching level.”
Connections are a byproduct of competition. And make no mistake, these girls are here to compete.
“We have a lot of games, actually. And some of the lads on the lad team recognize them,” adds Maumus.
“I think we’re going to be really good,” Reed said. “We have a lot of athletes on our team. Almost everyone plays a sport for Franklin.
And now they all have a new sport. They hope it will take off statewide.
“Man, we’re going to learn and go on the fly and adjust as we go. But, these girls are horny. I know the whole county is excited,” Kriesky says.
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