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Girls soccer preview: Seniors take the lead

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by Jessie Meyen

MONTICELLO Times

The girls soccer team is tying their cleats in hopes of earning their first conference title this season.

Head coach, Nathan Budish said he would like to finish on top for the first season ever.

“We haver hope of earning our first ever conference title,” Budish said. “We were one game away from doing it last year and with losing three of the top teams due to conference reshuffling, we see a real opportunity to hang our first place banner as a program.”

Budish is joined by Brad Modaff, Kallie Gau, and Kindra Fairburn in coaching the group of soccer athletes.

Last year they had an impressive record over all of 17-3 and a conference record of 9-1.

Returning letter winners include: Miah Olson, Jordyn Larson, Abi Frandsen, Mackenzie Dunn, Lauran Zwack, Sophie Carson, Blair Boutet, Bree Yetzer, Ellie Grose, Abbey Lweis, Lauren Jones, McKenna Moran, Caitlyn Rymer, Lucy Schaffer, Kamme Kitzman and Ally Frickel.

The team captains this year are Abi Frandsen, Ally Frickel, and Lauran Zwack.

With the stacked team and the title of section runner-ups, they should be a force to be reckoned with this 2019-20 soccer season.

However, the team did lose six seniors and will have to fill some leadership roles.

Ava Emmerich, Liv Kanzler, Trae Modaff, Kallie Grose, Vanessa Martin and Lauren Roff are among the seniors that left the program.

“We will miss the leadership provided by the six seniors,” Budish said. “A few of them had been involved on the varsity team for four years. We will miss their impact on the field as well as each contributed in different ways to help achieve the most successful season in program history. They were a very talented class that left big shoes to fill. We lost three starting defenders to graduation, so there is a definite need for players to step into those roles.”

While Budish and his coaches are still trying to figure out the strongest lineup, he sees Bree Yetzer as a defensive left and Lucy Schaffer to step into the midfield. He has high hopes for players for Blair Boutet on the defensive back line Lauran Zwack and Sophie Carson in new positions, Miah Olson as the primary attacking option.

Because of last years success the team is going to be monitored by other teams.

“Our biggest challenges we will face this year is going to be living up to both out own expectations and the expectations placed on us by others,” the head coach said. “We have a target on our backs and need to be able to block out those distractions and just focus on taking care of business each day in practice and each game.”

Their top competition will be Orono. Chisago Lakes is another opponent that the team will need to face when it comes to the conference title.

With that being said, coach Budish considered the Magic to be the biggest competition.

Reach Jessie Meyen at jessie.meyen@ecm-inc.com

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