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Girls Soccer 2016 Season Preview

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Last year’s 16-4-2 team graduated Alyssa Baker (University of Indy), Emily Buchman (Anderson University), Hannah Sullivan (Indiana State), Brady Riley (Purdue), Courtney Hodge (IUPUI), Darby Whelan (Transylvania), Kennedy Turner, Izzy Alvarez, Claire Baker, and Stacey George.  Despite the losses, the returning players are prepared and excited for the opportunity the season provides.

With a senior class that has appeared in one semi state and two finals, the Tigers have plenty of big game experience.  Four year letter winner, Kam Benscoter leads a talented and experienced midfield that includes three year starters Gretchen Mills (Jr.) and Maddie Essick (Jr.).  Last years top scorers, Julia Calvert (Sr.) with five goals and three assists and Chloe Ulmer (Sr.) with 9 goals, return and should benefit from strong midfield play.  The defense welcomes two seniors, Cecelia Alvarez and Torre Austin, as first year starters.  Megan Meisterhans (Jr.) and Chaney Hoyt (Jr.) will mind the net after strong off seasons.  Mckenzie DeLong (Jr.) and Jordan Thompson (Jr.) will provide valuable depth, while Allison Sams (Sr.) will strengthen the back line.  Sophomore Maya Turner will have a year’s experience and a strong off season to improve after an extremely successful freshman year.  Seniors Morgan Harris and Jordan Fisher have returned from injury and hope to provide extra stability to the Tiger defense.

Promising freshman Ellen Stump will compete for playing time against talented reserves that include Delaney Whelan, (So.), Sarah Bird (Jr.), and Allie Lauth (Jr.).  Their play and development will be key to this season’s success.

The Tigers have a very competitive non conference schedule that includes a 2014 state finals rematch at Carmel on August 27th at 7:00 p.m.  The Tigers will play Guerin Catholic and Bishop Dwenger in addition to the HCC schedule that includes many of the top programs in the state highlighted by a 2013 finals rematch at Avon on September 21st at 7:00 p.m.  The Tigers will host the Lady Millers in a sectional final rematch on August 31st at 6:30 p.m.  The annual Mudsock game will be played at Hamilton Southeastern on September 9th at 6:30 p.m.

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