Depth seen as key for CHS girls soccer
By Daniel Winningham
Carlinville High School’s girls soccer program began practicing for the 2013 season Feb. 25, a little more than two weeks before it first game, a road contest at Rochester High School March 12.
Head coach Tim Gould returns for his seventh season as girls coach. CHS had winning records in his first five seasons before going 11-11-1 a year ago. Overall, Gould is 90-44-5 since taking over in 2007. There are no other changes to the coaching staff as Jenna Tate will again be the junior varsity coach and Charlie Taylor will serve as an assistant coach this spring.
Gould thinks the team’s offense should be improved in 2013.
“We’ve got a lot of field players returning so I’m thinking that we should be pretty solid across the field … We should be able to possess the ball more, move forward and attack.”
In late February, the squad held early morning practices at the Demuzio Sport Center.
Conditioning and passing drills have been a couple of things Gould has had the team focus on at practice.
For defense, Gould said he plans on using a slightly different formation.
“It’s been a learning process early on, and will take some time to figure out,” Gould said.
With more than 35 players taking part in team activities for both the varsity and junior varsity level, Gould thinks depth will be a factor, and should provide competition for several starting spots for varsity games.
“There are lot of different people that could be earning playing time as the season moves along, which is really nice,” Gould said. “We’ve got depth.”
Freshman Ashley Campbell will be filling in as goalkeeper. Campbell replaces Leah Kaegy, who graduated in 2012.
Gould has high expectations for Campbell this season.
“She’s really athletic, she wants to be good, which is a big part of it,” Gould said. “I think that she has tremendous upside and getting better as the season goes on.”
In 2012, Carlinville finished 2-4 in the South Central Conference, which was won by Marquette Catholic.
This year, the Explorers are not in the SCC and Gould thinks it should be more competitive, with several teams likely in the running for the top spot.
“I think it will definitely be up for grabs,” Gould said. “Litchfield returns a lot of girls and they had a really strong year again last year, so they’re sort of the frontrunner. Greenville returns their best players. I think it’ll be competitive.”
CHS lost to both Litchfield and Greenville by one goal a year ago.
Gould said Staunton and Gillespie should both be improved as well.
This year’s roster has 10 seniors: midfielder Maddie Boente, defender Laura Brown, forward Hannah DeSpain, midfielder Cassidy Downs, defender Quincy Keck, forward Jourdin McFarland, forward Courtney Reid, midfielder Chloe Walton, defender Catie Witt and defender Ellen Young; six juniors: midfielder Emily Hammann, defender Emma Hicks, defender Maria Holley, midfielder Amanda Killam, forward Bailey Schmidt and defender Kayla Wills; nine sophomores: forward Kylie Brueggeman; forward Jeri Eriks, defender Jessica Heyen, defender Kayla Jamieson, defender Kathleen Kelly, forward Morgan Landon, midfielder Kristin Link, defender Danielle Thacker, forward Ashlee Wendt; and 11 freshmen: forward Brooklyn Armstrong, midfielder Ginny Baker, forward Abby Boente, goalkeeper Ashley Campbell, forward Kaity Dunn, midfielder Savannah Horton, defender Shelby Jamieson, freshman Sydney Klobnak, defender McKenzie Michaelis, midfielder Maggie Nicholson and midfielder Sloan Nickel.
Kaegy, the team’s MVP in 2012, is the only award-winner not returning in 2013. M. Boente was the team’s Offensive MVP in 2012 while Young was named the team’s Defensive MVP. Walton was recognized last year with the 110 Percent award and Schmidt was named Most Improved.
Carlinville will play all of its home games at Lott Field at Loveless Park.
This year’s schedule has two tournaments — the Spring Cup at Blackburn March 15-16 and the Panther/Bulldog Classic March 25-29 — eight road games and seven home games.
Home contests will be against Hillsboro (April 1), Highland (April 6), Greenville (April 8), Springfield (April 18), Pana (April 20), Jerseyville (April 23).
CHS will face Gillespie on Friday, April 26, for Senior Night. All home games held on weekdays begin at 5 p.m.
Postseason play begins Monday, May 6.