The Evergreen girls soccer team hopes the program takes off when they begin their third season of varsity action this season.
The Vikings were 5-11 in 2017 after finishing 1-11 in 2016.
“This will be our third year as a varsity sport and first year with big numbers (11 freshmen coming in with experience),” stated head coach Joshua Radel. “The expectations are going to be high and we should compete with most teams.”
Returning letter winners for the Vikings are Asia Gensch (first team All-NWOAL), Alex Gillen, Kahlan Schuster, Morgan Kohler, Anna Huntzinger and Annabelle Hughes.
They are also adding newcomers Myra Kuszmaul, Emma Bettinger, Sydney Woodring, Paige Radel, Bekah Bowser, Kaylee Hein, Kayla Gleckler, Kenzie Mitchey and Gracie Boger.
“We have a good group of freshmen and a couple upperclassmen coming into the program this year that bring many years of soccer experience that should give us an opportunity to compete,” said Radel on his team’s strengths heading into the season.
The Vikings do lose eight letter winners, including Grace Bryson and Sydney Kohler who both received all-league honors a season ago.
“The big adjustment for the girls this year will be learning to play together as one unit and not worrying about what positon they may play. We will need to work on our team chemistry,” said the coach, referring to the Vikings’ potential weaknesses.
Radel feels this will be a good year for his squad in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
“We are still the rookies in the NWOAL, but I feel this is the year we break out of our shell,” he said.
Evergreen is at Bowling Green Monday, Aug 20 at 5 p.m. to begin the season.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010