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Experience to guide WHS girls soccer

By on March 21, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Members of the 2018 Waterloo High School girls soccer team are, from left, front row, goalkeepers Bailey Bosler and Grace Herschbach; second row: Maddie Levendowski, Sydney Bockhorn, Kylie Jackson, Kiersten Elledge, Paige Kinzinger, Sydney Stephens, Jacey Woodard, Mary Schaefer and Lydia Johanning; third row: Natalie Gum, Breeyn Garrett, Alexis Sensel, Laurin Lunk, Bryce O’Connor, Grace Nikolaisen, Ellie Dirnbeck, Jacey Baum, Dawsyn Lane, Isabella Goulding and Allie Tuttle; fourth row: Piper Hammonds, Alexis Brooks, Emma Novack, Ali Scace, Faith Nikolaisen, Kate Kennedy, Karleigh Daniels, Colleen Sliment, Riley Chiasson, Sierra Berg and Lauren Kennedy; and back row: Coach Mary Morris, Coach Jeff Brueggeman, Dani Maurer, Emma Rick, Audra Scheibe, Anne Brooks, Megan Hanks, Sydney Luedeman, Coach Chad Holden and Jacey Cotton. (Alan Dooley photo)

The Waterloo High School girls soccer team returns a solid core of players from a team that went 12-5-4 last season and won a regional championship.

“We feel that we can compete with anyone and we will be tested early in the season playing in the top division of the Metro Cup,” Waterloo head coach Chad Holden said. 

The Bulldogs defeated Rochester to open the season last Monday, 1-0, then tied Edwardsville on Wednesday, 1-1. On Thursday, Waterloo tied Belleville East, 1-1. The Bulldogs tied Alton in the third place game of the Nike bracket on Saturday.

“We do have an experienced team this year with returning nine starters from last year’s team,” Holden said.  

Key returning players for the Bulldogs include goalkeeper Bailey Bosler, who recorded 10 shutouts last season, and a senior-oriented defense that includes Sierra Berg, Sydney Bockhorn, Kate Kennedy and Dani Maurer.

Leading the offensive attack for Waterloo this spring are seniors Sydney Luedeman (23 goals, six assists last season), Emma Novack and Jess Keller, along with sophomores Paige Kinzinger (six goals, 12 assists last season) and Ali Scace…>>>

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.