Archbold girls soccer had another strong season in 2015. Look for that to continue this year with 19 letter winners returning.
“I anticipate a strong run by the girls this year,” said coach James Kidder. “Preseason training has been great, and they have been solid in early scrimmages. The returners from last year are stronger than ever, and will be great leaders on and off the field. We will get some great play from several incoming freshmen and new additions to our full roster.”
Back for the Blue Streaks are Mckenna Lantz, Emily Roth, Marissa Fryman, Sydney Ranzau, Lexi Richardson, Emie Peterson (first team All-NWOAL), Brooke Kohler (second team All-NWOAL), Giulia Lee, Leah Hall, Kamryn Hostetler (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Dakota Stamm, Katie Short, Andi Peterson, Lily Krieger, Kennedy Miller, Kennedy Hammon, Riley Johnston, Faith Wyse, and Lydia Rex.
“We look to be very strong on the offensive side this year with several returning starters, as well as some new additions in the midfield,” explained Kidder. “Our defense should be solid as well.”
They will have to replace the production left behind by departed letter winners Cassi Wyse (second team all-league), Madison Kohler (honorable mention all-league), Alicia Hernandez (first team all-league), Neila Kinsman, Mim Beck, and Rebecca Schmucker.
The Streaks are also adding newcomers Chloe Nofziger, Madison Roth, and Naomi Rodriguez.
Three teams appear to be in the mix for the league crown, according to Kidder.
“I look for the NWOAL race to come down to Swanton, Bryan, and Archbold. But we can’t look past anyone, as all the league teams have improved greatly over the years,” he said. “It’s exciting that we will have another league team this year with Evergreen. More soccer in the area just makes everyone else better.”
Archbold begins the season with a contest at Springfield on Monday.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010