Chattanooga soccer phenom Kennedy Ball of GPS gains major recruiting attention

Staff photo / GPS soccer standout Kennedy Ball, right, dribbles around Baylor's Ara Rhodes during a home game in October 2018.

Kennedy Ball has been an integral part of the GPS Bruisers' soccer success in recent seasons.

Patrick Winecoff's team has been extremely hard to beat since Ball first started as an eighth grader for the 2018 team, which went 15-1-3 and won the TSSAA Division II-AA state championship by beating Nashville program Father Ryan 3-2.

"Kennedy came into the starting lineup right away and showed no fear," Coach Winecoff said. "In the state semifinals her eighth grade year against Brentwood Academy, we were up 1-0 and had a PK (penalty kick), and one of the seniors stepped up and missed it.

"A couple minutes later, we get another PK and everybody is looking around. Kennedy just walks up and puts the ball in and slots it in. She didn't think twice. The pressure never fazed her."