Harrison’s Averi Visage, above, and Lassiter’s Vedad Kovac were named a United Soccer Coaches Associations All-Americans.

Averi Visage had been there before — the same gut-wrenching conclusion, the same tears, even the same internal drive for peace.

The season was over. Only this time, there would not be another next year.

In 2019, Visage and her Harrison teammates sat on the field talking for hours and eyeing the sky as if looking for a clue for what went wrong and what was next. They had just lost the Class AAAAAA state championship game and their season was over.

Flash forward to 2020 and the two-time captain sat in the all too familiar position. Her season was over, yet she and her teammates did nothing wrong. Nothing was won, nothing was lost.

“I think that was when it hit me and I was like, ‘I don’t know if we will ever come back,’” Visage said on when she heard the news that the season would be cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I was laying on the turf, staring at the sky, and really trying to come to peace with it.”

Visage said hard work and perseverance is what got her to where she is today.

Admittedly, she was not a natural with the ball. The former rec league-turned-club player-turned-varsity standout credited her “hard work over everything.”

The hard work paid off with becoming a two-time state finalist, two-time region champ, four-time scholar-athlete, two-time all-region player and one-time state champion. On the club level, Visage was a three-time U.S. Soccer National Training Center invitee and a four-year member of the Georgia Olympic Development Program.

In addition, Visage carried a 4.4 grade-point average, earned Harrison MVP honors her junior season and earned a scholarship to play Division I soccer at Virginia Tech, where she will study business.

“I think you can’t leave out how much I really adore the whole Harrison community and how much I fell in love with it, Visage said. “It changed me forever, and I’ll never be the same. I’m going to take away so much love and care for the next community at Virginia Tech.”

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