This is the 2013 preview capsules for the five varsity girls soccer teams in Grays Harbor.
The season is approaching the one-third mark, with Elma making an impact so far in the Evergreen 1A.
Coach: Fidel Sanchez
League: Evergreen 2A Conference (7-9 overall).
Returning letter winners: Alexxi Timmons, Brooke Wilson, Emily Fisher, Kaylee Nguyen, Haylee Hamilton, Brianna Ashlock, Ali Morris, Ericka Manwell, Sophie Hillebrant, Jade Caskey, Mckenzie Brooks.
All-League award winners: GK Alexxi Timmons, Mid-Emily Fisher
Promising newcomers: Amanda Bradt, Alex Wilson, Mackenzie Arnold, Kerstain Travis, Tayler Housden, Megan Auld.
Coach’s thoughts on the season: “Our team must be able to compete for 80 minutes in order for us to achieve our team goals. Our players have been very dedicated in the summer and are willing to make themselves better players everyday they step onto the pitch. If summer is any indication of what’s to come, we should be in for a very good season.”
Coach: Corri Schmid (third year)
League: Evergreen 1A (9-8 overall).
Formation (primary): 4-4-2 (sweeper).
Returning letter winners: Ellie Quercia, Jensina Alvarenga, Kayla Hilliard, Theresa Chapin, Kiona Goodman, Jessica Harold, Vanessa Doyle, Chandra Munger, Yesi Martinez.
Promising newcomers: Anna Salazar, Judy Renteria, Ericka DuBore, Alexis Wonderly.
Thoughts on the season: “This league has several teams that are very competitive, with that we are focusing on one game at a time. With saying that we grow and learn from each game we play. Through hard work and team growth we should have a successful season. This team plays with a lot of heart, I’m looking forward to seeing them grow and improve throughout the season.”
Coach: Chris Schumacher(sixth year, eighth year overall)
League: Evergreen 1A.
Formation (primary): 4-3-3
Returning letterwinners & varsity starters: Alyssa Sutherby, Maci Shumate, Morgan Jump, Maddie Newberry, Lexie Whipple(all state H.M), Alyx Marsh, Izzy Cristelli(all state H.M.), Hannah Heelan, Mackenzie Miller, Sydney Smythe, Natalie Grant, Brooke Goldsmith(league MVP/all state 2nd team).
Promising newcomers: Alicia Hook, Peyton Elliot, Annie Cristelli, Dallas Trusty, Tawni Heller, Maddie Moore, Cheyanne Jines.
Coacj’s thoughts on the season: “The quality of play in the upper half of the standings is getting better this year including Elma, Montesano, Rochester, Hoquiam with Adna on the rise.”
Coach: Jeff Lenherr (six years at Montesano, 10 years overall)
League: Evergreen 1A (9-7, 11-9 overall) Lost to King’s in state 1A opening round.
Returning Varsity Starters: LeeAnn Rhoden (Sr. Forward, 2 year starter, All League First team, All State honorable mention), Alyx Miller (Sr. Midfielder, 2 year starter, All League First Team.), Rayna Ashlock (Sr. two-year starter defender). Madi Besaw (Sr. Midfield), Kacie Kloempkin (soph. Goalie), Brooke Whitsell (soph. defender all league first team), Jennifer Johnson (soph. Defender), Tianna Schurr (soph Midfielder), Mackenzie Howard (soph. Forward), Taylor Birdsall (soph. Forward).
Newcomers: Hannah Quinn (freshman)
Coach’s thoughts on the season:” We were very young last year, starting six or seven Freshman. They gained valuable experience and it should show this year. This group of girls is very hard working and dedicated. We returned almost all of our starters from last year. I believe the top spot could be Elma, Rochester or Montesano. Napavine and Adna could also be tough this season. Over the last few years the league has really tightened up and most the teams in the league could beat each other on any given night. You have to show up to play no matter who you are playing.”
Coach: Mike King (14 years).
League: Evergreen 1A (3-13 overall)
Formation (primary): 4-4-2
Returning letterwinners & varsity starters: Seniors: Mikayla Sunde, Courtney Rutzer, Lexie Schmeling, Alyssa Phillips, Leaha McPherson; Juniors: Leeann Rindlisbacher, Shelby Henness; Sophomores: Mary Davis, Corrina Perry, Hanna Wingate, Ashley Scott-Hepner, Issabella McConkey.
Promising newcomers: Alyssa Goodman, Ashlee Landenglos, Adriana Huerta, Katelyn Hart, Carla Silva
Coach’s thoughts on the season: “We have a 33 percent chance of reaching the post-season, along with Adna and Napavine. League favorites should be Elma and Montesano. We won’t be at full strength until the third week of the season.”