“We have a strong team returning this year with lots of game experience,” said James Kidder, Archbold girls varsity soccer coach.
Strong may be an understatement.
Losing just three players to graduation, the four-year head coach returns 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished the season with a 13-2-3 overall record and 1-1 in postseason action.
“Our full defense from last year is back again, as well as most of the offense,” he said.
“We have a large group of experienced freshmen coming in that will add depth to our team.”
Returning are Jenni Beck and Autumn Lantz, both honorable mention all-district; Morgan Ducey; Jessica Ramirez, second team all-district; Hilary Short; and Paige Stamm, seniors.
Juniors returning are Alicia Drewes, first team all-district and all-state; Ashley Davis; Trisha King, honorable mention all-district; Hannah Leininger, and Ellen Yoder.
Returning sophomores are Mindy Rupp, Carley Wyse, Megan Arend, and Sierra Nofziger.
“We are looking forward to a great season with lots of experience in the starting lineup,” said Kidder.
“Picking up a couple of wins over the likes of Wauseon and Bryan would be great.
“In girls soccer, postseason play is tough in our sectional and district.
“Getting out of district is one of our goals, but with only two divisions in the state for girls soccer, competition is very tough.”
Assisting Kidder with coaching duties is his wife, Jennifer.
Archbold hosts Springfield, Tuesday, Aug. 25, to open the season.
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