Resorters shoot for a better season

Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

MALAYNA MCDANIEL (10) of Howards Grove heads the ball over Elkhart Lake’s Diranda Pfeifer off an inbounds pass during Thursday’s soccer match. Pfeifer, a defender, is one of the Resorters’ 12 returning starters from last year. — Photo by Mike McGill MALAYNA MCDANIEL (10) of Howards Grove heads the ball over Elkhart Lake’s Diranda Pfeifer off an inbounds pass during Thursday’s soccer match. Pfeifer, a defender, is one of the Resorters’ 12 returning starters from last year. — Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE — The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters hope that with more experience and depth than last year that it will add up to more success this season.

The Resorters, who had only one upperclassman in 2013, return 12 part-time or full-time starters who also make up the group of letter winners back. A lack of experience and depth hurt the Resorters last year as they finished only 2-11-1 in the Central Lakeshore Conference and 2-13-1 overall.

“We are very optimistic about this year,” said second-year Resorter head coach Kevin Ruh.

“We can see in the practices the development and maturity one year makes. We also picked up two seniors [forward Ashley Pfeifer and midfielder Kelly Theel] who took a year off [from soccer] to pursue another sport last year.”

The squad, which is young overall, has two seniors and six juniors on a 23-girl roster, with the remaining players being underclassmen.

“We have also added nine freshmen who will be able to help rest some of the girls during the games,” said Ruh.

“We had three subs last year which meant a lot of girls never got a rest. We just ran out of gas in the second half.”

The group of returning starters is led by three players who were All-CLC honorable mention last season in junior midfieldergoalkeeper Meghan Clemens, junior defender Jessa Feldmann and sophomore forward Monica Ruh. Ruh (coach Ruh’s daughter) led Elkhart in goals and assists in 2013.

He expects Ruh, Clemens, Jesby sica Raether, Feldmann and Becca Diestler to lead the squad. Raether, a junior midfielder, and Diestler, a sophomore defender, were starters last season.

“Monica led us in scoring and assists. Jessica was our leader on the field and she probably is our best ball-handler, and creates a lot of opportunities for others,” said the coach.

“Meghan ran the middle last year. She never stops. Jessa and Becca were our anchors on de- fense.”

Coach Ruh is upbeat about his lineup.

“We look good, with the addition of our two seniors and with the additional freshmen we can have a few more rotations and keep fresh legs on the field,” he observed.

The coach said freshman midfielder Lauren Boos and freshman forward Camrie Schmitz have impressed him among the newcomers.

“They both have a great feel for the game and have worked with the upperclassmen very well,” he said.

He said the keys for the team to have success are discipline, and holding your position and trusting the player next to you.

Coach Ruh pointed out the team’s strength:

“The girls communication is much better this year. They are signaling to each other, letting them know if they have to [dribble] with the ball or of they need to make a quick pass.”

He mentioned what the team needs to improve on.

“We still wait for the pass to be made before we make a move to the ball. Our anticipation is not where we need it to be. This is one of our focuses during the start of the season,” said the coach.

The coach pointed out the team’s top goals for the season.

“As last year, we want to be better at the end of the year. As the goal of every team is for the girls to be holding the state champions trophy at the end of the year,” he said.

He expects Ozaukee, Oostburg and Cedar Grove-Belgium to be the top teams in the CLC. Ozaukee is the defending CLC and Division 3 state champion. Cedar Grove narrowly lost to Ozaukee in a sectional final which decided a state berth. All three teams were ranked in the top in D-3 last season.

“Howards Grove was a young team like us and will be better this year. Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler has a new coach and loves to run which puts a lot of pressure on the midfielders. We all play against the best in the state which forces us to be better,” said the coach.

April 8 – Ozaukee, here, L
April 10 – Howards Grove, here, L
April 22 – @ Cedar Grove
April 24 – Random Lake, here
April 28 – @ Oostburg
May 1 – Sheboygan Christian, here
May 5 – Sheb. Lutheran/Kohler, here
May 6 – @ Ozaukee
May 12 – @ Howards Grove
May 15 – Sheb. Luth./Kohler, @ SL
May 16 – Kiel, here
May 20 – Cedar Grove, here
May 22 – @ Random Lake
May 29 – Oostburg, here
June 3 – @ Sheboygan Christian


VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER ROSTER Seniors – Ashley Pfeifer (forward) and Kelly Theel (midfielder). Juniors – *Meghan Clemens (midfielder-goalkeeper), *Jessa Feldmann (defender), *Rebecca Graf (mid.), *Jessica Raether (mid.), *Shannon Resser (mid.) and *Morgan Schwaller (for.). Sophomores – *Ashley Ayen (mid.), *Becca Diestler (def.), *Katie Groth (mid.), *Erica Heinig (def.), *Monica Ruh (for.) and *Diranda Pfeifer (def.). Freshmen — Lauren Boos (mid.), Camrie Schmitz (for.), Paige Nelson (mid.), Simone Bulebosh (def.), Jessica Mehre (for.), Kayla Theel (def.), Chelsea Winscher (def.), Holly Francis (def.) and Taylor Porter (goal.). *_ =_ _ R_e_tu_r_n_in_g_ _ le_t_te_r_ w_i_ n_e_r._______

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