Nine soccer starters return
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:26 AM
Ninth-year girls soccer coach Tom Krinke oversees a program that encompasses three schools, Caledonia (the host), Spring Grove and Houston.
"If you want to see some good soccer, we've got a team this year!"
Soccer Coach Tom Krinke
Competing in the Three Rivers Conference, the team will begin play at home in Caledonia at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 versus Rochester Lourdes of the Hiawatha Valley Conference.
Currently, the Spring Grove School District has three players on the squad. Fullback Haley Halverson, a junior, has made the varsity roster. Freshman Sydnee Halverson (Haley's sister) and eighth-grader Kelsey Hermanson are competing on the junior varsity, Krinke reported.
With plenty of upperclassmen on the varsity, all of the program's ninth-graders are currently honing their skills on the JV, he added.
The varsity roster includes senior Katie Meyer at goalkeeper. Besides Halverson, three more defenders are senior Carlie Krueger, junior Hannah Felton, and junior Alee Boelter.
Midfielders include seniors Laura Peter, Alyssa Albert and Rachel Mills plus sophomores Elizabeth Stoltz and Samantha Colleran.
Attackers include three forwards. They are seniors Hannah Russert and Skyler Schoh as well as sophomore Trece Frank.
Krinke has compiled an overall record of 101 wins, 49 losses, and 15 ties.
Last year, the Warriors went 2-2-2 in the conference (finishing third), 3-10-2 overall. Only three letter winners graduated last spring, with 13 returning for another season. As far as starters, two graduated, while nine return.
Key newcomers to the program include a half-dozen players who could make a difference, Krinke noted. They include midfielders Tressa King (10th grade), Brenna Werner (10th), Rebecca Roble (11th), and Alison Goergen (10th), goalie Lauran Perry (11th), and fullback Ella Pieper (10th).
Krinke said the Warriors hope to place in the top five at section this season. In the conference, Plainview-Elgin-Millville will be the team to beat, he said.
"If you want to see some good soccer, we've got a team this year," Krinke stated.
"We're hoping to give Rochester (Lourdes) a run. They're a state-level team, having made it to the state tournament last year."
For the Eagles (Lourdes), the challenge will be to regroup after graduating 11 of 17 starters, Krinke added.
On Tuesday, Aug. 28, Winona Cotter will visit C/SG/H.