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GIRL'S SOCCER PREVIEW--2014-15

August 29, 2014
Northwest Montana A Conference



 

Kats soccer squad returns 11 juniors

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Last year, the Columbia Falls girls soccer team fell just short of winning the Northwest Class A conference by virtue of a tie against Polson. The Wildkats are looking to right that ship this season.

“We want the title back,” coach Greg Trenerry said.

This year’s team has just three seniors — Skye Hatfield, Megan Seliger and Lyndsey Strouse — but it returns 11 juniors. The Kats’ main loss on offense is Haley Purdy — she moved out of state. But they still have a lot of quickness in Kendra King, Tavia Bechtel and Ellie Johnson. Strouse has a solid shot from the midfield.

The girls also have a solid defense, Trenerry said.

“We have our defense back,” he said.

There’s some freshmen talent as well, including Hannah Gedlaman who looked sharp in practice as a forward.

The Kats have 24 players this year, so they could sub out twice completely and still leave a couple on the bench.

Last year’s team went 6-1-1 in conference play and 7-3-3 overall. Their lone conference loss was to Whitefish.

The Kats will be tested by eastern Montana squads once again this season, as their first four games are against Eastern Montana teams.

They open against Belgrade and Park County high schools on Sept. 4-5 and then are home against Laurel and Billings Central on Sept. 12-13.

In the Northwest conference, Whitefish is always tough, and Polson now has a spring club team and should be improved, Trenerry said. This is Trenerry’s 18th year coaching the Kats. He’s assisted by his daughter, Nicolette Bales.

Girls soccer hungry for return to championship match

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Whitefish girls soccer team enters the season hungry to return to the state championship match.

Whitefish went 12-3 last season and made it to the finals where they lost to the six-time defending Class A champions of Billings Central. While a handful of standout seniors graduated from that Whitefish team, a strong fleet of up-and-comers are ready to lead another deep playoff run.

“After having a taste of the finals the girls are anxious to get there again — but it will be a process,” Whitefish coach Wendy Farrens said. “We graduated five seniors and we’re looking to fill those gaps in our roster. So far, we’re seeing good turnout.”

This year’s team includes two returning seniors in Grace Kurtz and Jess Baldanado. Both will be captains along with juniors Anna Peterson and Cassidy Grady.

Farrens has been impressed with the team’s play after a week of practice, but reminds her players the season is a marathon, not a sprint.

“As always, we take the season one game at a time,” she said. “We won’t be the same team in our first game as our last.”

The Lady Dogs are stacked with youthful talent, including eight new freshman who will look to fight for varsity roster spots.

“I’m optimist about our potential,” Farrens said. “We do have some depth, and I hope we can make strides with some of our freshman.”

“We have a lot of strength in our versatility. We have good players who can play different positions. Right now we are figuring out how each player works best for the team.”

Sophomore Kess Nelson will step up to play goalkeeper.

“We’re very excited to have her,” Farrens said. “She’s going to be awesome for us.”

Twenty-four girls will make up the varsity and JV rosters.

Whitefish looks to contend for the conference title, with Columbia Falls and Polson poised to challenge.

Whitefish opens the season Aug. 29 at Hamilton.

“It’s a nice way to shake the nerves,” Farrens said of the opening match. “We’ll look to go there and work hard and play good soccer.”

Libby soccer brings experience, focus to new year

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Libby High School girls soccer coach Joseph Cik is hoping the team will show calm strength and tight teamwork in the upcoming season.

‘The girls soccer team has gone through huge dynamics over the last few years,” Cik said. “The old team was strong and competitive. They were a great team. And then those girls left, and I came in to coach.”

Cik, who has coached now for four years and previously played soccer in high school and college as a midfielder, said he’s bringing a sense of calm to the team: He wants to keep everyone straight-forward and focused in the game.

“What we have now is a good group of seniors and well-coached freshmen,” Cik said. “It’s a good formation for the team.”

The returning players are Danielle Hawthorne (goalkeeper and midfield), Kacie Berget (sweeper), Callan Peel (midfield), Cassidy Ennenga (sweeper and stopper), Shea Munroe (striker), Jessica Miller (defender), Abby Ennenga (goalkeeper) and Anna Carlson (sweeper and striker).

Junior Danielle Hawthorne said she is more confident this year than she was last year. The consistency of the returning players and the addition of talented freshmen will boost the team’s level of play, she said.

“Last year everybody was new, and it felt like we had to start from the basics. But this year, with everybody being experienced, it helps a lot,” Hawthorne said. “We don’t have to waste time with basic fundamentals.”

Hawthorne said that although the Loggers play as a team, it feels more like a family. She has high hopes for the team this year.

The game is really about the team for Cik. He said previous teams had emphasized passing the ball only to star players to make it through the game. Now, Cik said, every player counts.

“The main thing I try to do is make our team a family environment,” Cik said. “I try to make it safe and comfortable. All the other teams can be great and competitive, sure. But if it feels safe and comfortable to me, that’s what counts.”

Cik said the team hit a cohesive and balanced peak in their win against Bonners Ferry in 2013. He said the teamwork was sharp, the players got possession for most of the game and took advantage of opportunities throughout the whole game. Getting to that level will get the team in top shape, Cik said.

“If we focus this year and work together, we’ll be good,” Cik said. “We can catch lightning in a bottle if we really try.”

The team’s first game will be Saturday, Aug. 30 in Hamilton.


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