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HS Soccer Report by Alan Brake
September 5, 2013Montgomery County High School
R-2 WILDCATS SOCCER TEAM 2013 SEASON PREVIEW
With 11 players returning from last year’s team and a new Head Coach, the 2013 Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats Soccer team looks to improve on last’s years 1-win season. The 2013 season started last Thursday with a home match against St. Clair. A report on this game should be in another part of this issue of the Standard.
New Head Coach Shanna Barkhume, comes to R-2 with almost 20 years of experience as a soccer player and coach. She played college soccer at Kalamazoo College and earned a Varsity letter 3 years in a row as a defender. She then coached as the Varsity Girls’ Coach at a high school in Chicago.
As was mentioned in the first paragraph, the Wildcats have 11 players returning from last year’s team. Seniors Zacariah Leonard and Josh Thurman are leading the team as captains, and are expected to be great contributors as returning starters this year. Additional returning starters include Seniors Cole Schmidt, Michael Scott and Jacob Cunningham, who are also going to be major cornerstones of the team’s play. Juniors Austin Cahall, Noah Hillebrand, Travis Oden, and Jamison Rucker, and Sophomores Abagayle Bartlett and Miseal Perez are also returning players this year.
In addition, great promise is also expected out of the 6 Freshman on this year’s team. These Freshmen include Brendan Hazel, Logan Henke, Joshua Hillebrand, Devon Oden, Chase Parrish, and Brennan Rucker.
Coach Barkhume had the following comments concerning the team and the upcoming season, “I am expecting great things from this team, drawing on the great leadership of our upperclassman and the young talent in our Freshman class. I am looking forward to this opportunity and I know together we will build a great program.”
The Soccer Wildcats and Coach Barkhume encourage you to attend their games and support them, as they work hard to have a successful 2013 season. Go Wildcats.