LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s girls soccer team was the Central State Activites Association (CSAA) champions last season, and there’s an expectation it will do it again.
“We have high expectations for the season,” Coach Chris Smith said. “The girls are excited to compete for the lead spot in the CSAA again as well as in the tournament.”
There are eight returning letter winners on the Wildcats team that was 12-2 last season and 6-0 in the CSAA.
“We have three returning midfield starters that work well together,” Smith said. “Returning all state forward Ally Reed will be up front and a defense anchored by returning centerback Megan Leach and keeper Madelyn Davis.”
Reed was all-state and all-conference last season, scoring 23 goals.
“Not only is she a goal scorer, but she also works hard to make everyone around her better,” Smith said.
Leach was all-conference and all-district last year.
“Leach, although quiet, is the leader of the defense,” Smith said. “She does not get rattled and will not back down from anyone.”
Smith also mentioned Cecilia Bayne is another leader on the team.
“She (Bayne) is a strong player who can play many positions if need be,” Smith said.
The goal will be tended again this season by Madelyn Davis, who made 129 saves last season, earning her all-conference and all-district honors.
Lakeview will be defending the CSAA crown with some tough competition, according to Smith.
“We should be the favorite this year with Big Rapids and Reed City as strong competition,” he said.
The Wildcats are 1-1-1 already this season, beating Tri County and tying Newaygo but losing to Alma. Their next game is at home April 9 against Greenville.