Lakeview kickers overcame a lot

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:58 am on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lakeview’s Katie Johnson plays the ball forward during a game this year.

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s girls soccer team was hit with a lot of different roadblocks during the season.

The Wildcats still finished 11-5-1, but they had to go through some adversity, noted coach Chris Smith.

“We were a young team, starting seven freshmen or sophomores, but still finished one goal away from a league championship,” Smith said.

Then the injury bug hit.

“We had two starters from last year’s team out with ACL injuries, Megan Leach and Ali Woodruff, that would have really helped us out, but we were able to fill the gaps,” Smith said.

And every coach had to deal with the weather that was canceling every contest during the last two weeks of April.

However, “We were very happy with the way the season went, except for the weather,” Smith said.

“We had a wining record, won our first game of districts, and lost to a now state semifinalist in the second game.”

Smith mentioned a few players who were major contributors to the season.

“Making an impact this year in scoring were senior Serena Johnson, who finished with 10 goals, and freshman Brookelyn Reed who finished with 15,” Smith said.

“Maddie Shurlow was a very nice addition to the team at the midfield spot as a sophomore, defensively sophomores Ally Fleck and Rylee Nielsen built on their experience from last year and freshmen Amanda Heady and Jenna Tanner really played well.”

Those young players will be a big part of next season’s team, Smith said.

“The outlook for next season is a positive one,” he said. “We do lose three senior leaders in the midfield position, but after this year, I am confident the young players can step up and fill in those roles.”

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