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Eastsides first four-year collegiate soccer player graduates
Former Eastside soccer player Tara Harrison during a game against NC Wesleyan. She graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University on May 6. - photo by Submitted Photo

Former Eastside soccer player Tara Harrison graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) on May 6, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a Major in Management. She was named to the Fall 2015 Dean’s List during her senior soccer season.

Along the way, Harrison became the first former Lady Eagle to play four years of collegiate level soccer: two years as a Lady Panther at NCAA Division III LaGrange College of the USA South Conference and two years as a Lady Cane at NCAA Division II Georgia Southwestern State University of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), playing in a total of 67 college matches.

In addition to her team’s tying the All-time LaGrange program record for wins in one season, the Lady Panthers set the record for most wins over consecutive seasons in the program's 30-year history. Harrison was also nominated for USA South Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week after her first college game. The Lady Panthers reached the USA South Tournament her sophomore year. Her GSW teams were selected as the PBC Sportsmanship Award winners both years.

The Lady Canes were presented the Ethics and Sportsmanship Silver Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2015. A four-year varsity starter and two-year captain at Eastside High School in Newton County, Harrison’s teams enjoyed the best run in the Lady Eagles 20-year program history, going 45-21-3 and qualifying for the State Playoffs all four years, reaching the Sweet Sixteen her senior year. Those records still stand.