Tiger girls soccer looks for a successful season
For the Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Tiger girls soccer team enjoyed great success in the 2018 season, ending it with a tough loss in the Division 2 sectional semifinals June 7 in Pulaski. The Tigers lost their sectional match to No. 1 Pulaski 2-1, with 10 saves in goal for Marshfield’s Mikayla Brueggen.
The Tiger girls look forward to another successful season, returning 97 percent of the girls who earned the scoring, losing only Kendra Tremelling.
Nina Hashimoto leads returners as she had 19 goals and two assists and already has 39 goals and five assists for fifth all time in scoring with 83 points.
“Kate Schilling had six goals and four assists as a freshman, and we are looking for her to take further steps into her varsity career,” said Head Coach Steve Lindner. “Kate is another natural scorer which aides us as teams try to key on Nina.
“We return 18 letter winners and nine starters from last season’s team.”
Additions this year include: Page Gruenling, Sophia Gruenling, Ryenne Zee, Clara Allar, and Ciara Peterson.
Back are all-conference first team players, Ana Paape and Nina Hashimoto, as well as all-conference honorable mentions, Nicole Simon and Kate Schilling.
“We have some great true scorers on top with Nina and Kate and our expectations are high for them to excel this year,” Lindner added. “Hannah Halle and Ryenne Zee are being counted on also to contribute on top.
“Our midfielders are lead by Nicole Simon, with Page Preston and Courtney Meyer(lead the team with 6 assists in 2018)returning as starters with Amara Arndt, Brooke Michalski, Abby Kilty and Sophia Gruenling vying for time as the last starter and key reserves. Nicole has played many center positions on each line and has found a home as center med and controls the center wonderfully. Her and Paige Preston play so well together in the middle and Courtney Meyer compliments those two and the forwards with super crosses from the outside.”
Anna Paape will lead the defense as sweeper. Other returning defenders include: Cassidy Kolstad and Eva Wahlstrom.
“Anna, Cassidy and Eva started every game last season, and we look for continued success from them and all the other defenders,” Lindner stated. “Key reserves returning are Ally Bakke, Aly Dietsche, Jenna Asplin, with new additions Paige Gruenling and Ciara Peterson in the mix.
“Goalies Mikayla Brueggen and Clara Allar should do well in net for the Tigers.
“ The strength really is the teamwork we played with late last year and having a number of players that possess some nice talents to really make this team one to watch. The coaches believe this team will be one of our strongest from 1-21 as we have so many players we will count on. Our rotation will be nice as we do not expect a huge drop-off as players are inserted into the line-up.”
Lindner will be assisted by Jeff Molter, who is back for his 10th season. Jenna Beach will coach the goalies.