Warrior Run girls soccer working for postseason return
After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 two years ago, Warrior Run rebounded last year by securing a postseason berth and advancing to the District 4 Class AA semifinals.
Getting back to districts and trying to get to the championship game is something Rob Ryder and his Defenders are striving for.
“As far as districts are concerned, we are always working toward that particular goal,” Ryder said. “We have a great group of kids working hard everyday. The team has been great through all of the COVID changes and protocols.”
Warrior Run was very solid defensively last year and it’s something Ryder expects will continue this year. Warrior Run brings back defenders Amber Axtman and Hannah Michael, in addition to Maggie Sheets, Kylie Bohart and goalie Kylee Brouse.
“We have an incredible group of young ladies. They are all working very hard, freshmen included. Success will be determined by our hard-working and ambitious sophomore and junior classes meshed with the knowledge, experience and work ethic of our seniors should prove a good result this season,” Ryder said. “We are very grateful to play a tough schedule every season full of respectively talented teams and coaches.”
Milton also returns plenty from last year’s team which made the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008-09. The Black Panthers return Leah Walter, Janae Bergey, Alexis Beaver, Mo Reiner, Camden Lloyd, Riley Murray, Crystal Hamilton, Katy Weaver and Laura Wassmer, all of which saw time on the field.
A big hole will be in goal where Milton has to replace Kamryn Snyder. The team also lost Taylor Snyder, Aubrey Chappell, Bevi Girardi and speedster Leah Bergey.
Janae Bergey provides an offensive boost after producing 17 goals and six assists last year.
“Janae is a fierce player and commands respect while she is on the field through her play. Most opponents know exactly who she is prior to the game even starting,” Milton coach Rod Harris said. “She is a great athlete and key component to this team.”
Harris also said Lloyd and Murray are two defensive specialists for the team and a nucleus to the back line.
“(They) are willing to do whatever it takes to stop the attack,” Harris said. “They are both super aggressive players and a great asset to our team.”
Harris and the Black Panthers know that this is a unique season given the COVID-19 pandemic. Given how odd the offseason was with practices and training, Harris isn’t sure what to expect this season.
“There have been so many obstacles along the way to overcome before we even get started and there will be many more to come I’m afraid,” Harris said. “But we are prepared for a very strong HAC-II to have to battle this year.”
Loyalsock is coming off its worst season since 1994, but Dan Solley knows the team has plenty of talent and can turn it around in 2020.
“It was a disappointing season last year, however the girls have worked hard in the offseason and this is a fresh slate,” Solley said. “I think that the product on the field will be improved, however, at the same time with all games being played inside the league, we will be very challenged.”
Loyalsock returns three HAC all-stars in Grace Boos, Kathryn Schluter and goalie Mari Houseknecht. Houseknecht was a second-team all-star selection and was one of the area’s top goalies who provides plenty of experience.
But in addition, Loyalsock has plenty of other players Solley knows can make an impact.
“Freshman Katie Ryder is going to be special,” Solley said. “Emma Strickland and Kina Cominskie are both sophomores who have great poise, versatility and understanding of the game. I am excited to watch all three develop.”
Hughesville has a large roster featuring 41 girls and the Spartans are hoping to build off their first playoff appearance since 2015 last year.
Hughesville graduated standout forward Morgan Hopkins, a HAC-III first-team all-star selection, in addition to all-star defender Gracie Grieco and all-star midfielder Jade Cordrey. Hopkins scored 19 goals last year and became a career 50-goal scorer.
But the Spartans return plenty of talent, including all-star Cierra Getz (midfield), Gillian Way (defender) and Kate Fortin (defender). Fortin was just a freshman last year and received second-team league honors.
Coach: Alecia Gold.
Assistants: Jen Allen.
Last year: 10-8-1 (5-4-1 HAC-III) (lost to Warrior Run, 1-0, in first round of District 4 Class AA playoffs).
Roster: Seniors — Paige Frantz, Cierra Getz, Lauren henry, Kylie Lyons, Kenna Ammar-Khodja, Olivia Strother, Emma McGinley, Gillian Way. Juniors — Faith Kepner, Kayleigh Rooker, Sarah Gardner, Katelyn McDonald. Sophomores — Mea Campbell, Hailey Poust, Madilyn Paulhamus, Grace Pysher, Jadyn McGinley, Lauren Foust, Kate Fortin, Hailey Sherwood, Cedar McCusker. Freshmen — Kearsten Derr, Paige Kepner, Makenna Koser, Libby Fortin, Alivia Frantz, Bryn Derrick, Bailey Derrick, Lilli Krause, Abigail Michael, Lucy Myers, Gwen Kishbaugh, Makenzie Leitenberger, Kylie Bieber, Makayla Miller, Emily Reese, Sphia Clark, Kayla Fabiano, Kaelynn Frick, Cameryn Williams, Bryleigh Mellott.
Coach: Dan Solley.
Assistants: Lynnette Reitz, Kayt Coppola.
Last year: 3-15 (2-8 HAC-III).
Roster: Seniors — Addie Mayer, Jocelyn Cruz, Grace Boos, Evy Andrews, Lindsay Snyder. Juniors — Rylie French, Grace Baylor, Emma Rude, Maggie Ryder, Kathryn Schluter, Rhandie Jessell, Kamryn Pryor, Alexis Keefer, Luisa Ortega-Ramos, Kayla Scampone. Sophomores — Alexis Whitehead, Ainsley Kennedy, Emma Strickland, Brooke McNett, Kina Cominskie, Natalie Bognaski, Elaina Bartley. Freshmen — Katie Ryder, Brynlie French, Emily Clark, Olivia Miller, GiGi Parlante, Kinjal Bhagat.
Coach: Rod Harris.
Assistants: Bing Pursel, Patrick McCarthy, Brian Hunter.
Last year: 7-10-2 (3-8-1 HAC-I) (lost to Montoursville, 2-0, in first round of District 4 Class AA tournament).
Roster: Seniors — Kathryn Weaver, Laura Wassmer, Caitlyn Johnson, Hailey Hardy, Zoe Paul, Mackenzie Derr, Crystal Hamilton. Juniors — Kalie Holibraten, Janae Bergey, Riley Murray, Leah Walter, Mackenzi McBride, Riley Godown, Abigail Snyder, Camden Lloyd, Alexis Beaver, Aaliyah Myers. Sophomores — Alaura Foust, Morgan Reiner, Carly Neidig, Alexis Sanders. Freshmen — Mackenzie Lopez, Leah Willow, Madison Snyder, Violet Bell, Alayna Chappell, Talya Bardole, Abigail Saber, Abigail Kitchen, Zoe Letteer, Elsa Mincemoyer.
Coach: Rob Ryder.
Assistants: Erin Butler, Charlie Axtman.
Last year: 8-9-3 (4-5-2 HAC-II) (def. Hughesville, 1-0, in first round of District 4 Class AA playoffs; def. Benton, 2-1, in quarterfinals; lost to Lewisburg, 5-1, in semifinals).
Roster: Seniors — Hannah Michael, Zoe Reese, Kylee Brouse, Abby Reinitz, Savannah Robbins, Amber Axtman. Juniors — Avery Soltesz, Madelyn Ross, Leah Grow, Alayna Wilkins. Sophomores — Lindsey Trapani, Kiley Bohart, Peyton Meehan, Braeleigh Dunkle, Alaina Bower, Maggie Sheets. Freshmen — Leah Shaffer, Amara Bieber, Alexis Hudson.