Wauseon has some quality senior leadership returning with its girls soccer program, as they look to have a winning season in 2018.
“I expect that we will compete well within the league and be prepared to make a positive show in tournament play,” said head coach Brandon Schroeder. “This is an incredibly fun and coachable group that loves the game. I am looking forward to seeing how far this team will go.”
Returning for the Indians are Mya Suarez (second team All-Northwest Ohio Athletic League, honorable mention all-district), Daisy Giguere (honorable mention All-NWOAL, honorable mention all-district), Anna Koenig, Alex Gray, Jessica Perez, Kyrin Grime, Briley Rupp and Amanda Wendt.
“We return 8 valuable role players across the field and are bringing up a dynamic freshman class that brings great energy,” said Schroeder on the strengths of his team. “Our seniors provide fantastic leadership and vision for such a young roster. This is is a team that will compete and not back down in any contest.”
Newcomers are Lexus Stipp, Kadence Carroll, Ellie Rodriguez, Jane Richer, Eva Mennetti, Halle Frank, Marie Hutchinson, Ava Manz and Amber Rufenacht.
The Indians will have to replace Jaydelin Vasvery (first team All-NWOAL, first team all-district), Avery Giguere (first team All-NWOAL, honorable mention all-district), Hannah Spadafore (second team All-NWOAL), Kendra Gorczyca (honorable mention All-NWOAL) and Rylee Campbell.
“While our incoming freshmen are talented and hungry to compete for time on the field, we are still looking at a young roster,” said the coach. “This team will have to mature quickly this season in games as we learn to play together.”
The NWOAL should be competitive this season, says Schroeder. The Indians hope to be in the mix.
“The NWOAL has a wealth of solid teams this season,” he said. “The most recent league titles belong to the traditionally strong programs of Archbold and Swanton, but upcoming young talent around the league such as in Liberty Center and Evergreen this year will show that no games can be taken for granted. We have also brought up some great young talent and coupled with our returning leadership look to place ourselves in that same conversation. I would expect a close race as the season gets underway.”
Wauseon’s next match is at home Thursday versus Bryan at 5 p.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010