Strong outlook for experienced Resorters

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

MEGHAN CLEMENS, shown making a save against Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler last year, will help anchor the Elkhart Lake soccer team’s defense as a midfielder and goalie this season. — Photo by Mike McGill MEGHAN CLEMENS, shown making a save against Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler last year, will help anchor the Elkhart Lake soccer team’s defense as a midfielder and goalie this season. — Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE — A very experienced Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah girls soccer team has a bright outlook for the 2015 season.

The Resorters, who showed good improvement last season over the 2013 campaign, return 10 starters among 14 letter winners and graduated only two seniors. Elkhart finished 5-9 in the Central Lakeshore Conference and 6-10 overall in 2014, compared with 2-11-1 and 2-13-1, respectively, the previous season.

In Division 4 regional play last year the Resorters lost in the first round to Sturgeon Bay, 3-2.

“We are very optimistic this year. We had two girls graduate last year and return six seniors this year,” said third-year Resorter head coach Kevin Ruh.

“With the development of some ___* _=_ of our younger girls who are now sophomores we can put the girls in more of their natural positions rather than where we need someone to shore up a position.”

Elkhart has three All-CLC players back, led by sophomore forward Camrie Schmitz who was named to the second team. Schmitz had an outstanding 2014 season – leading the Resorters in goals with 27 to go with three assists in league action.

The other all-league selections are junior forward Monica Ruh [coach’s daughter] and senior midfi elder-goalkeeper Meghan Clemens who were both honorable mention. Clemens was named All-CLC as a goalie. Ruh contributed four goals and five assists in CLC play last year.

The other returning starters include senior defender Shannon Resser, sophomore midfielder Lauren Boos, senior midfielder Rebecca Graf, senior midfielder Jessica Raether, junior defender Becca Diestler, senior defender Jessa Feldmann and sophomore goalkeeper-midfielder Taylor Porter.

Coach Ruh pointed out the team’s strengths and weaknesses.

“We will be placing a lot of stress on defense this year. The seniors worked hard over the off-season to get stronger and faster. As for a weakness we are a little short on players that can step right in and play any position,” he observed.

The Resorters have a versatile starting lineup but lack depth on the bench.

“To start we look very well- balanced. Our starting group can rotate to almost any position without too much concern. We are not too deep on the bench which we hope to work on over the season and develop the girls as we go,” said the coach.

The coach is counting on Clemens and Schmitz to be key leaders on defense and offense, respectively.

“Meghan Clemens will be one of our key defenders this year and Camrie Schmitz will be [a key player] on the offensive side,” pointed out.

The coach said the newcomers – sophomores Jisettee Huesca-Martinez, Taylor Poisson and Shynaia Higgins and freshman Kianna Bahr – are very quick and have a good understanding of spacing.

“For us to be successful this year we need to play to our strength, and play as a team – working the ball to all our players and not get trapped by ourselves just clearing the ball,” said coach Ruh.

He sized up the conference competition.

“The landscape of the conference has not changed much since last year. Howards Grove, Ozaukee, Oostburg, Sheboygan Lutheran and Cedar Grove-Belgium always put a good team on the field.

“Random Lake and Sheboygan Christian I think will be a little stronger this year and surprise a few of the other teams.”

HGHS is the defending champion and returns 2014 All-CLC firstteam forward Brittany Schaller, a sophomore.

Coach Ruh said his top goals are to defeat each team that the Resorters did last year and win at least one match against the other squads.

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