2018 Lady Cats Soccer Preview: Coach Schonbachler Welcomes Young Squad (08/22/18)
Fall Sports Season is upon us, and Clarion Area Lady Cats Soccer Head Coach Chris Schonbachler shares his preview of this year’s squad:
The 2018 Clarion Area Lady Cat Soccer Team began preseason training on August 13th. The girls worked hard though two-a-day practices for the first week preparing for this year’s 18 game schedule.
With the graduation of 7 senior players from last year, this year’s 14 player roster displays an abundance of youth. The girls team has a cooperative agreement with Clarion-Limestone, it is comprised of 10 Clarion Area athletes and 4 Clarion-Limestone athletes.
The team captains for the upcoming season are seniors Lindsey Kemmer, Wendy Beveridge, and junior Lauren Troutman. Wendy will be seeking her 3rd consecutive All-Conference selection as one of the premier goalkeepers in the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League.
The defensive side will have sophomores Jenna Miller and Ava Cherico, along with Lindsey Kemmer, all of which showed solid development throughout last year’s season. Riley Burford and Robyn Stahlman, both incoming freshman, are anticipated to make significant contributions to the Lady Cat defense as well. Hannah Hazlett, Nellie Hannold, and Ruby Smith will support the back line as defensive midfielders.
The Lady Cat offense will be charged with replacing last year’s top goal scorer and All-Conference selection, Alexa Hannold. The coaches believe the talent on this year’s team is more than capable of meeting this challenge. Juniors Megan Stahlman, Lauren Troutman, and freshman Evelyn Lerch will play significant roles in controlling offensive play in the center of the field. Sophomore Emily Grabiak and freshman Joyce Kim will be supporting the offensive attack from outside midfield positions. This year’s team has a great challenge ahead replacing the experience lost from 7 graduating seniors, but they also have a great opportunity to develop into a strong team beginning with the 2018 season.
This year’s coaching staff remains unchanged as Volunteer assistant Coach Ashley Montgomery returns for the 2018 campaign.
Its going to be a great 2018 Lady Cat soccer season!
(Thanks to Coach Schonbachler for this Season Preview. LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT SEASON, LADY CATS!!!!)