Tigers soccer opens season
For the Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Tigers girls are excited to get back to playing soccer after a year of no play. The Tigers have a great mix of upperclassmen to lead the team and players from all grades fill the roster.
This year’s team has 11 seniors on the squad, lead by Kate Schilling – who scored 12 goals as a sophomore, Courtney Meyer, Abigail Kilty, Aly Dietsche, Hannah Halle, Clara Alar, Becca Lossman, Claire Critelli, Haley Wipfli, Savannah Braxton, and Bryssa Lenz.
Rounding out the team are juniors – Sophia Gruenling and Ava Sainterme; sophomores – Samantha Kilty, Madelyn Nikolai, Avery Weister, and Ainsley Hall; freshmen – Hayden Berger, Abigail Ongna, and Serenity Paisley.
“These young players have some outstanding talent and the coaching staff is excited to see how they compete at the varsity level. We see outstanding things from them,” Girls Soccer Varsity Coach Steve Lindner said.
“It is great to get our Fab Five back together as Hannah Halle was out with an injury in 2019, but now returns with the other players who have been on varsity since freshman year. They are Courtney Meyer, Kate Schilling, Aly Dietsche, and Abigail Kilty.
“We have great leadership at all levels with Aly Dietsche starting at deep Sweeper, Abigail Kilty on defense and Courtney Meyer and Sophia Gruenling back at midfield, and Kate Schilling and Hannah Halle at our strikers.
“Clara Allar and Ava Sainterme are our goalies and both saw some action in 2019 for varsity.
“These players have seen significant time as freshmen and sophomores and again will be integral to our success in 2021.
“Our last game was at the state tournament two years ago, and we actually have seven players on our roster who received action on that stage.
“I think our strengths will be our midfield through strikers as we have Kate, Courtney who has started since her freshman year, and Sophia Gruenling who scored the game winner in 2019 to send us to the state tournament.
“I cannot say enough about the entire program and the enthusiasm of the players, as we used the WIAA allowed 15 contact days this year with the majority of players out for soccer attending most sessions. After 4 weeks of practices we are ready for competition. We have worked hard since we started March 22. We are ready to play games.”
In addition to Lindner, the coaching staff consists of Jeff Molter ,assistant; Jenna Beach and newcomer Kristen Koshalek, goalie coaches; and Steve McCann heading up the JV program.