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2012 Area Prep Girls Soccer Preview Capsules

Finally, area girls soccer programs got a league of their own. And it was Van Buren that won the first North Central Ohio Soccer Association girls championship last year. It was a big year for the Black Knights in 2011. They posted a perfect 6-0 mark in the NCOSA and finished off a 15-2-1 season overall, their best record in the program’s short history. Van Buren will be looking to pick up where it left off last season as coach Tom Piccirillo has 10 returning letterwinners, including the NCOSA Player of the Year. Seniors Kayla Sonnenberg and Kristen Tropf should give the Black Knights a solid 1-2 scoring punch. Tropf earned conference player of the year honors after scoring 12 goals and dishing 21 assists while Sonnenberg was a second-team all-Ohio pick with 22 goals and 13 assists in 2011. Nichole Miller, also a first-team all-NCOSA selection, had a terrific freshman year by leading Van Buren with 25 goals. Coach Mark Pagano’s Liberty-Benton squad should also be strong again with a large, deep and talented roster that includes 13 letterwinners. The Eagles and Black Knights will meet Sept. 26 at Liberty-Benton. Cory-Rawson, Bluffton and Riverdale should be improved in the conference as well. In the Putnam County League, Kalida and Continental tied for first place in the Putnam County League this season and both have formidable teams again in 2012. Kalida has 16 lettermen back and is coming off a 3-0 shutout win over Van Buren on Tuesday. Continental, meanwhile, has 14 veteran players returning.
But those teams will have to keep a close eye on a veteran Fort Jennings team that opened its season with a 3-0 win over Wapakoneta on Monday and has one of the fastest small-school players in the state in its lineup in returning all-Ohio player Macy Schroeder. No information was available on the girls soccer teams at Ada and Ottoville.

Bluffton HEAD COACH: Joel Steinmetz (3rd year, 9-24-2). 2011 RECORD: 6-12 overall, 4-2 Northwest Conference, 2-4 North Central Ohio Soccer Association. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Abbey Heslep, jr.; Jill Steinmetz, jr.; Megan Dulle, sr.; Rachel Yoder, sr.; Karli Leugers, sr.; Anna Crisp, sr.; Kylee, Bartnett, sr.; Alexis Lugibihl, sr.; Molly Moser, jr. TOP PROSPECTS: Sarah Schriner, jr.; Sarah Wright, jr.; Makenna Searls, fr., goalkeeper; Angela Massara, sr., defender; Amber McLaughlin, sr. NOTABLE: Eight seniors will give Blufton plenty of good experience. Whether or not they have the necessary talent to win the conference has yet to be seen but look for the Pirates to compete in the NWC and NCOSA.

Continental HEAD COACH: Toby Bidlack (10th year, 104-42-17). 2011 RECORD: 12-4-2 overall, 3-0-1 Putnam County League. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Hannah Baker, sr., midfield; Sara Deken, sr., defender; Vanessa Koppenhofer, sr., midfield/forward; Leva Weller, sr., goalkeeper; Taylor Williamson, sr., forward/midfield; Paige Kindilien, jr., midfielder; Whitney Miller, jr., forward; Paige Ordway, jr., midfield; Bridgitte Shelton, jr., defender; Kiana Warnement, jr., defender; Sloane Zachrich, jr., forward; Caitlin Geckle, soph., forward/midfielder; Taylor Niese, soph., defender; McKenna Scott, soph., forward. TOP PROSPECTS: Makenzie Mansfield, soph., defender; Andrea Krendl, soph., defender; Amelia Weller, fr., forward/midfielder. NOTABLE: Continental will feature plenty of attacking threats going into 2012. It is a couple question marks defensively that, if answered, will be the key to the Pirates success.

Cory-Rawson HEAD COACH: Jay Frommer (2nd year, 1-15-1). 2011 RECORD: 1-15-1 overall, 1-5 North Central Ohio Soccer Association. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Paige Wieman, sr., midfield; Kelsey Reese, sr., defender; Alyssa Collert, sr., defender; Eric Frantz, sr., defender; Abby Schultz, jr., goalkeeper; Hannah Roebke, jr., forward; Miki Kussmaul, jr., defender; Natasha Shields, jr., defender/goalkeeper; Kerrigan Besse, jr., midfield; Mallory Hiser, jr., defender; Christian Frommer, soph., defender; Shiann Ludwig, soph., forward/midfield; Rachel Welch, soph., midfield/defender. TOP PROSPECTS: Aly Huether, fr., midfield; Rebecca Schultz, fr., forward; Kylee Desgranges, fr., defender. NOTABLE: Cory-Rawson is trying to become closer as a team and will attempt to use increased ball control in an effort improve last season’s record.

Fort Jennings HEAD COACH: Rodney Wagner (11th year, 116-62-19). 2011 RECORD: 11-3-2 overall, 2-2 Putnam County League. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Macy Schroeder, sr., forward; Kristen Maag, sr., midfield; Lori Bruskotter, sr., fullback; Katlin Stechschulte, sr., midfield; Elaina Maag, sr., midfield; Marissa Mesker, jr., forward; Cassie Horstman, jr., fullback; Ashley Gable, jr., forward; Mara Brown, jr., fullback; Emily Grone, jr., forward/goalkeeper; Jamie Saum, jr., fullback. TOP PROSPECTS: Martina Weems, sr.; Gina Stechschulte, sr.; Nicole Ricker, jr.; Marissa Good, jr.; Keri Eickholt, soph.; Jenna Cavelage, soph.; Alyssa Weideman, soph.; Alyssa Louth, soph.; Sarah Chandler. soph.; Hannah Clay, soph.; Erin Osting, soph.; Gabbie German, sr.; Reanne Higginbotham, sr. NOTABLE: Might be one of the best offensive clubs in school history this season at Fort Jennings. Senior second-team all-Ohio forward Macy Schroeder might be one of the fastest female soccer players in the entire state this season.

Kalida HEAD COACH: David Kehres (7th year, 60-31-13). 2011 RECORD: 14-2-3 overall, 3-0-1 Putnam County League. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Skylar Basinger, sr., forward/defender; Summer Holtkamp, sr., forward/midfield; Emily McIlroy, sr., midfield/forward; Emily Schnipke, sr., midfielder/defender; Kaylyn Verhoff, sr., defender; Kiersten Recker, jr., defender; Whitney Smith, jr., defender./midfielder; Justine Verhoff, jr., midfield/forward; Sarah Verhoff, jr., midfield/forward; Courtney Buss, soph., forward/midfield; Mariah Doepker, soph., midfielder/defender; Molly Ellerbrock, soph., midfield; Lindsey Erhart, soph., forward/midfield; Jackie Gardner, soph., forward/midfield; Megan Vine, soph., midfield; Makenna Vorst, soph., midfielder/forward. TOP PROSPECTS: Cathy Basinger, fr., defender; Alessa Ellerbrock, fr., forward; Brittany Kahle, fr., midfield/forward/defender; Joni Kaufman, fr., forward/midfield; Laine Laudick, fr., midfield; Makenna Richey, fr., defender; Paige Roller, fr., midfield/forward. NOTABLE: With seven starters and 16 lettermen back at Kalida this fall, goals for the Wildcats are bigger than defending their title in the PCL.

Liberty-Benton HEAD COACH: Mark Pagano (2nd year, 13-4-2). 2011 RECORD: 13-4-2 overall, 5-1 North Central Ohio Soccer Assoc. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kaitlyn Hanrahan, jr., goalkeeper; Sydney Stuck, sr., midfield; Samantha Johnson, jr., midfield; Marisa Burkett, sr., midfield; Lauren Marshall, soph., defender; Jessie Selhorst, jr., forward; Rachel Beeman, jr., midfield; Megan Bartchlett, sr., forward; Christy Sharrer, sr., defender; Kayla Trevino, jr., forward; Molly Siford, jr., defender; Madison, Switzer, sr., defender; Jana Fish, jr., midfielder. TOP PROSPECTS: McKenna Dire, fr; Becky Sharrer, jr.; Megan Peplinski, jr.; Sydney Wenzinger, jr.; Anna Brown, jr. NOTABLE: Liberty Benton is locked and loaded heading into the 2012 season. The Eagles have 13 returning letter winners who accounted for 52 goals and 26 assists last season. Along with the offensive firepower is starting goalie Kaitlyn Hanrahan and standout defender Lauren Marshall.

Miller City HEAD COACH: Rob Bruce (1st year). 2011 RECORD: 8-6-2 overall, 0-4 Putnam County League. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Melissa Michel, sr., goalkeeper; Dana Kohls, sr., forward; Jennifer Leis, sr., defender; Meagan Giblin, sr., midfield; Allison Verhoff, sr., midfield; Sydney Snyder, sr., midfield; Brandy Gerschutz, sr., forward; Whitney Niese, jr., defender; Jessica Schmenk, jr., forward. TOP PROSPECTS: Liz Klear, fr., defender; Brittany Kohls, fr., forward. NOTABLE: With seven returning seniors, the Wildcats will look to push their way into contention for the PCL crown after suffering through a winless league season in 2011.

Ottawa-Glandorf HEAD COACH: Bob Huth (11th year, 105-45-17). 2011 RECORD: 10-4-3 overall, 5-2-2 Western Buckeye League. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Whitney Warnecke, jr., forward; Morgan Arrington, sr., midfield; Megan Hoehn, jr., goalkeeper; Michelle Maag, jr., forward; Chelsea Hanneman, sr., defender; Megan Siefleer, soph., defender; Danielle Shroeder, soph., forward; Elissa Ellerbrock, soph., midfield. TOP PROSPECTS: Not available. NOTABLE: The Titans will look to build on last seasons success as they return eight letter winners including all WBL goalkeeper Megan Hoehn. Head coach Bob Huth has an overall record of 105-45-17. With that in mind, you know Ottawa-Glandorf will be well prepared.

Riverdale HEAD COACH: Andrew Snook (3rd year). 2011 RECORD: 11-7-0 overall, 4-2-0 North Central Ohio Soccer Association. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Casey Frey, sr., defender; Jordyn Wright, jr., forward; Tiffany Wright, jr., midfielder; Kristen Evans, jr., sweeper; Breanne Parish, jr., goalkeeper; Kelsey Bailey, jr., midfielder; Lindsey Cole, jr., midfielder; Selena Penwell, jr., midfielder; Jordan Fleming, jr., midfielder; Jenica Beck, jr., defender; Alex Manns, soph., defender. TOP PROSPECTS: Katie Conley, fr., forward; Aubreah Manns, fr., forward; Taylor Frey, fr., midfielder; Megan Dunbar, fr., defender; Lexi Bahn, fr., midfield; Afnan Mahajna, jr., defender; Kelsey Martin, fr., defender; Marissa Livingston, fr., midfield/goalkeeper; Ashley Cole, fr., midfielder. NOTABLE: Defender Casey Frey is the only senior on the Riverdale roster. But first-team all-league and all-district selection Jordyn Wright heads up a deep 10-player junior class that includes honorable mention all-NCOSA and all-league returnees Kristen Evans (sweeper) and Breanne Parish (goalie) and four other letter winners. Sophomore defender Alex Manns also lettered last season.

Upper Sandusky HEAD COACH: Chelsea Porter (2nd year). 2011 RECORD: 8-9 overall, 3-3 North Central Ohio Soccer Association. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Keely Stover, jr., goalkeeper/forward; Mallory Weininger, soph., midfield; Linsey Elkins, soph., midfield; Sarah Rall, jr., midfield/defender; Danielle Brodman, sr., forward; Allison Moser, soph., defender; Brittany Vent, sr., goalkeeper/defender; Brigitte Snow, sr., midfield; Jaime Calvin, soph., forward; Rowan Ritchey, sr., defender. TOP PROSPECTS: Liz Ritzler, sr., defender; Shyanne Downing, sr., midfieldield; Abigail Young, soph., defender; Justeen Searfoss, jr., defender. NOTABLE: The Rams took a step forward last season in Porter’s first year. They have 10 letterwinners back to try and challenge Van Buren and Liberty-Benton for the NCOSA title.

Van Buren HEAD COACH: Tom Piccirillo (3rd year, 32-17-3). 2011 RECORD: 15-2-1, 6-0 North Central Ohio Soccer Association. RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kristen Tropf, sr. midfield; Kayla Sonnebberg, sr., midfield; Michaela Conkle, sr., defender; Madi Endicott, jr., midfield; Heather Clark, sr., defender; Laura Endicott, sr., midfielder; Morgan Flick, sr., midfielder; Nichole Miller, soph., forward; Abby Shroll, jr., forward; Rachel Wymer, so., midfield. TOP PROSPECTS: Gabbi McCracken, fr., midfield; Taylor Gilliland, fr. forward; Briane Lasley, fr., defender. NOTABLE: Van Buren has progressively posted better and better records in Piccirillo’s three years as head coach and the best may be yet to come. Sonnenberg, who scored 22 goals and had 13 assists, earned second-team all-Ohio honors last season and Tropf (12 goals, 21 assists) was the North Central Ohio Soccer Association Player of the Year. Miller, who scored 25 goals and added 8 assists, was a first-team all-NCOSA pick as a freshman. Conkle (2nd-team), Madi Endicott (HM) and Sydney Jameson (HM) also received all-league honors last season.