The Evergreen girls soccer program has a year of varsity experience under its belt. And although they were only 1-11 last season, they are hoping to learn from that experience.
“This is our second year as a varsity sport, but some of these girls have been playing soccer for a few years now and I hope some of the past failures and accomplishments will spark a fire in them,” said head coach Joshua Radel. “If that happens, we look to have a strong year and finish over .500.”
The Vikings lost five letter winners from last year, but get back a bevy of all-league performers.
Notable returnees are Asia Gensch (first team All-NWOAL), Nicole Miller (second team All-NWOAL), Sydney Kohler (honorable mention all-league), Hannah Abram, Grace Bryson, Ashley Garlick, Alex Gilen, Livia Hein, Grace Mohr, Hannah Pennington, Kamryn Ruetz and Emily Wheeler.
Newcomers to the team are Hannah Garza, Morgan Kohler, Kahlan Schuster, Katie Wheeler, Annabelle Hughes and Anna Huntzinger.
“We have a great group of girls this season that are eager to learn,” said Radel.
But, the coach knows there will still be some growing pains with a team only heading into their second season of varsity play.
“We are still very inexperienced on the field and our soccer knowledge isn’t there yet,” he said.
The Vikings hope to catch some teams off guard in NWOAL play this season.
“We are still the rookies in the NWOAL, but I feel we will compete and maybe even surprise a few teams,” said Radel.
Evergreen begins the season by hosting Bowling Green Monday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. on the new turf at Pifer Field.