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Maddox, girls soccer player nets gamer of the week

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Female Gamer of the Week to Braiden Maddox from Winfield High School.

The Winfield Generals faced in-county rivals Hurricane High for the third time last week in the sectional finals. Hurricane struck first, scoring on senior captain Braiden Maddox who switched to keeper this year for the first time in her high school career.

"It didn't hit me until Hurricane scored that first goal on me that this could be my last game. I told myself that I couldn't let that happen and if I got into the field that I would make a difference in some way," said Braiden.

In the second half with the score 1-1, Coach Marshall Hoff made the decision to switch out Braiden and put her in a midfield position, a move that Hoff has made often when a push on offense was needed, and gave her the opportunity she wanted. Within a few minutes of coming into the game she scored on a deflected shot off of Hurricanes keeper. She added another goal later that half that put the Generals on top for good and gave them the 4-2 victory.

"Moving Braiden from the goal to the field is something we have done throughout the season at the right times and that just happened to be a good time to make that move," said Coach Marshall Hoff. He added "she has great field vision and chemistry with the other girls. She's not just a great player though, but also a strong spiritual leader for this team."

Braiden has found her inspiration from Coach David Bailey, who has been her assistant coach and strength coach since her freshman year. "He has helped me to grow physically, mentally and spiritually over the past four years. His spiritual leadership has been the biggest impact on me. He is someone I can talk to and bring any problem I have to. This year he brought out the weighted vests which represented carrying each other's burdens and to share the weight of the load with the team, which was a great visual for me to push through this season," she said.

Braiden is the daughter of Joann Maddox. She has a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the National Honors Society, Christian Teens, and Team 1:8, a missions club that she started which talks about being on mission for Christ. Outside of Winfield Braiden is a member of the Chaos travel soccer team and is an active member of the FUSE student ministry at River Ridge Church.

Look for Braiden and other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Female Gamer of the Week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald.

Brad Coleman, MS, ATC, CSCS, works at Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.

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