Tigers primed for another strong season on the pitch

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

JESSICA LARSON (3), senior midfi elder-forward, will help lead the Howards Grove girls soccer team this season. Larson was All-CLC honorable mention last year. — Review file photo JESSICA LARSON (3), senior midfi elder-forward, will help lead the Howards Grove girls soccer team this season. Larson was All-CLC honorable mention last year. — Review file photo HOWARDS GROVE — The Howards Grove Tigers have a good mix of experienced varsity players and promising newcomers for the 2013 girls soccer season.

Head coach Eric Worth’s squad returns 11 letter winners, including three All-Central Lakeshore Conference players from last year when the Tigers won CLC and Division 3 regional titles. The regional crown was Howards’ third in the past four seasons.

The Tigers finished 13-1 in the CLC and 19-3-3 overall.

“I’m always very excited for the season. I believe we’ll have another pretty strong year,” said Worth.

“We have a number of new girls, so I think the beginning of the season could be a growing experience for us but I know we’ll put everything together in the end.”

The Tigers’ 2012 All-CLC players include senior goalkeeper Brittany Wehrmann, a second-team pick, and senior midfielder-forward Jessica Larson and junior defender-forward Krista Hackbarth who were honorable mention.

“Our lineup looks pretty good, I think we have a very solid foundation and I’m looking forward to see if some of the newer girls are going to be willing to step up and be major contributors,” said the coach.

“Our entire senior class will help lead this squad. This is the fourth year I’ve coached these girls, so they have an understanding of what this is all about.”

Worth said the new varsity players have impressed him.

“I think the best thing about the newcomers is they come ready to work each day and I can see the progress on a daily basis,” he observed.

Worth pointed out the team’s strengths.

“These are hard-working kids. The girls know what it takes to win and play at a high level. They’re focused and ready to compete,” he said.

He said the weakness is a lack of depth.

Worth stated his top goals for the season:

“Play each day likes it’s our last. If we can put that much effort into our daily work, I think we’ll be where we want to be by the end of the season.”

Worth sized up the CLC competition.

“I believe the conference will be very competitive once again this year. If you look at the conference, there a numerous teams that I think can compete for the conference title,” he said.

Oostburg, which defeated Howards in the sectional semifinals after falling twice to the Tigers in CLC play last season, earned its first state berth. The Lady Dutch lost in the state semifinals.

March 26 – @ St. Mary’s Springs, ppd.
April 4 – Campbellsport, here, ppd.
April 9 – @ Elkhart Lake, ppd.
April 11 – Ozaukee, here
April 16 – Oostburg, here
April 18 – @ Cedar Grove
April 20 – @ Sheboygan South Invite
April 22 – Random Lake, here
April 25 – Sheb. Luth./Kohler, @ SL
April 30 – Sheboygan Christian, here
May 2 – Elkhart Lake, here
May 6 – @ Ozaukee
May 9 – @ Oostburg
May 11 – @ Kiel Invitational
May 14 – Cedar Grove, here
May 16 – @ Random Lake

May 20 – Sheb. Luth./Kohler, here
May 23 – @ Sheboygan Christian



Seniors – *Jessica Larson (midfielder.-forward), *Payton Bramstedt (for.) and *Brittany Wehrmann (goalkeeper).

Juniors – Taylor Benninghaus (defenderfor.), *Krista Hackbarth (def. -for.), *Nicole Mugan (mid.), *Bailey Schaller (def.), *Allison Schmid (for.), *Hayley Reinke (mid.-for.) and Haley Rautmann (def.).

Sophomores – *Haley Ebertz (def.), *Morgan Edge (mid.-for.), and *Carlie Stauss (for.).

Freshmen – Zyta Mueller, (def.), Marissa Schisel (for.), Courtney Waters (for.) and Kelsie Wescher (def.-mid.).

* = Returning letter winner.

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