Tanner drives Mill Creek’s offense, signs with UGA

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Lauren Tanner and her parents on Feb. 6 at Mill Creek High School for National Signing Day. Latrice Williams/The Paper.

When shots are fired on Markham Field, you can rest assure that Lauren Tanner is the culprit. Many teams this season will become the victim of her fiery darts. The Mill Creek High School soccer standout had two goals against Etowah High School, giving her four on the season.

It’s no secret that she orchestrates the Hawks’ offense and her strive for perfection is what makes her such a dominant player.

“I just want to be the best I can be. Going out and playing well is the way to get better and that is my motivation,” said Tanner whose talent has earned her a spot on the roster at the University of Georgia.

“It was really home away from home. I took visits to a lot of other schools [but] I felt like Georgia was the choice for me. I don’t know how to describe it but I feel like it was the best decision,” Tanner said.

Last year, the Hawks fell to Collins Hill High School in the season finale of region play. The win would have given Mill Creek the region title but instead they finished fourth in the region as the Hawks lost to the Eagles 6-1. Tanner says she is fully confident the Hawks will be playing their best soccer this season, which could potentially lead them to home field advantage during the postseason.

“I definitely want to go to state and win the state championship. I think after our win tonight it really showed that we can beat a good team and I think we can do it this season and make it all the way,” said Tanner.

“I think we are a stronger team this season and I think we are going to have more success against the region teams and since we have come together as a team I feel as though we’ll be able to overcome those tough challenges,” said Tanner. “I’m excited for it.”