Times – Captain Shreve’s girls soccer captain Laney Fouts gets vindication after ACL tear

About this time last year, Laney Fouts received some devastating news. She hurt her knee near halftime of Captain Shreve’s matchup with Byrd.

Shreve led 1-0 at the time but eventually lost 2-1 to Byrd. Fouts tried to return to the game, but later find out she had a serious ACL tear forcing her to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season including the Lady Gators’ two playoff games. Rehab was brutal for the now senior captain.

“I had a very long recovery going to rehab three days a week,” Fouts said Thursday night following her teams 6-0 first-round LHSAA playoff game against Comeaux. “I did my best to get back together to be able to play my senior season, and I did that. I came back strong and I credit my physical therapy and all my training with coach (Erik) Lane.

“And this year we won the Byrd game 1-0 and I’m so happy. It was the ultimate redemption. It was fantastic.”

Fouts is the no-nonsense quarterback of the Lady Gators team. During pregame activities Thursday night at Lee Hedges, several of her teammates were joking around anticipating and easy victory in the No. 3 versus No. 27 matchup. But Fouts brought them back together with a commanding voice that shut down the frivolity in short order.

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