Archbold girls soccer had a pretty good season last year when they made it all the way to the regional semifinal and were beaten by the eventual state runner-up, Ottawa-Glandorf.
Although the Blue Streaks do lose three all-league performers, they return five who received honors from the NWOAL.
Coming back for the Streaks are Alicia Hernandez (first team All-NWOAL), Cassi Wyse (second team All-NWOAL), Mim Beck, Rebecca Schmucker, Neila Kinsman, Madison Kohler (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Emily Roth, Sydney Ranzau, McKenna Lantz, Lexa Richardson, Marissa Fryman, Dominique Dale, Emie Peterson (second team All-NWOAL), Kamryn Hostetler (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Brooke Kohler, Giulia Lee and Leah Hall.
Those players and others, are looking to fill the void left behind by departed letter winners Alexa Coressel (first team All-NWOAL), Jensyn Garrow (first team All-NWOAL), Lauren Stuckey (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Korey Arend, Mara Beck, Hannah Yoder and Brittany Miller.
A very respectful slate of regular season games is likely to prepare the Streaks for the postseason.
“We play a tough schedule to prepare us for tournament time and (we) start off with a strong opponent in Division I Springfield,” said Archbold coach James Kidder. “Kalida and Continental will be tough games as usual, and we are looking forward to new competition with Paulding on our schedule. We hope to make a strong tournament run again this year after making it to regionals last year.”
Archbold, who finished second to Delta in the league in 2014, can be considered one of the teams to beat this season. Outside of last season, the Streaks had won the previous three league championships.
“We expect to see tough competition from everyone in the league again this year,” stated Kidder. “I imagine that Swanton and Wauseon will be top contenders for the league title.”
Archbold hosts Springfield tomorrow at 5 p.m. to kick off the season.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010