Schaller, Edge, Schmitz on All-CLC first team

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


CAMRIE SCHMITZ of Elkhart Lake, pictured heading the ball, is on the All-CLC soccer first team as a forward. – Photo by Mike McGill CAMRIE SCHMITZ of Elkhart Lake, pictured heading the ball, is on the All-CLC soccer first team as a forward. – Photo by Mike McGill Sophomore forward Brittany Schaller and senior midfielder Morgan Edge of Howards Grove were voted to the 2015 All-Central Lakeshore Conference girls soccer first team by the league coaches.

It marks the second straight season that Schaller has earned first-team honors. Edge, the Tigers’ leading goal scorer in CLC play this year, is one of six unanimous firstteam selections. Edge was honorable mention as a sophomore and junior.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters are represented on the first team by sophomore forward Camrie Schmitz who moved up from the second team a year ago. Schmitz is a unanimous first-team choice.

The Tigers have three secondteam picks – junior defender Zyta Mueller, sophomore midfielder Kaitlynn Near and sophomore goalkeeper Olivia Stauss. Near earned honorable mention in 2014.


BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove, shown executing a header, is an All-CLC soccer first-team forward for the second straight year. – Photo by Terry Schaller BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove, shown executing a header, is an All-CLC soccer first-team forward for the second straight year. – Photo by Terry Schaller Receiving honorable mention for HGHS are sophomore midfielder Katie Guse and sophomore defender Malayana McDaniel.

The Resorters’ other All-CLC players are junior midfielder Monica Ruh on the second unit and senior midfielder Meghan Clemens, honorable mention. Ruh and Clemens were honorable mention each of the previous two seasons.

Edge scored 16 goals and had three assists in CLC play for a total of 35 points (two points per goal and one per assist).

“Morgan finished very well all season and led the team in points and goals. She was a great leader for the team during big games,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

“She is passionate about the sport and was great to coach. She is patient to find the right time to shoot and can change direction to create space for herself inside the 18.”


MORGAN EDGE (16), Howards Grove midfielder, was named to the All-CLC soccer first team. – Photo by Terry Schaller MORGAN EDGE (16), Howards Grove midfielder, was named to the All-CLC soccer first team. – Photo by Terry Schaller Schaller tallied 12 goals and contributed eight assists in league action for a total of 32 points.

“Brittany Schaller can go past early any defender and aggressively tracks down balls in the air,” Smith pointed out.

“She led the team with assists as teams knew they needed an extra defender near her at all times. Her passing skills go unnoticed due to her scoring ability and speed.”

Schmitz had an outstanding season on offense with 20 goals in CLC action and 24 overall.

“Camrie is a dynamic player who can change the flow of a game,” said Resorter head coach Kevin Ruh.

“One of the top-five leading scorers in the conference, she has a knack for finding seams in the defense and making great runs. Camrie developed more this year as an all-around player – not focusing on offensive only but working in the middle of the field and making others around her better.

“What makes Camrie great is here ability that take over a game. Often she would be going up against two players who would shadow her on the field. Her explosive speed and ability to get to get a foot on the ball when being hit, kicked and pushed is truly amazing,” said coach Ruh.

“Zyta is a strong defender and as the season progressed she started to find the net from outside,” Smith observed.

“She has a strong shot and I expect as a senior next season that she will be one of our leading scorers from a defensive position. She uses her body to gain control and can track down fast forwards.

“Kaitlynn is a major presence in the middle and her size and control of the midfield will be impressive to watch the next two years,” said Smith.

“She has shooting power and dribbling skills to push the ball forward past defenders.

“Olivia is a great keeper. She is aggressive, athletic and has power. She made point-blank saves this season and came out to shut down breakaways.

“As a sophomore she showed leadership and was also named team captain for next year. She will have a massive impact on our ability to shut teams out next season,” the Tiger coach noted.

“Monica is our ball-control player – holding the middle of the field and going against the opposing teams’ best players,” said coach Ruh.

“She wins the ball and sets up other players. She played every position this year other than keeper. She is one of the most versatile players on the field and played the first half of the season with a hip injury that she fought through.

“What makes Monica great is her ability to see plays developing before they happen and reading the opposing teams’ intentions,” said the Elkhart coach.

Ruh contributed four goals and one assist in league play.

“Meghan was our stopper. She shut down attacks and went toe to toe with girls that were bigger and stronger,” coach Ruh observed.

“Meghan is a player that never backs down and never slows down.”

Clemens scored three goals in CLC action.

“Katie is a great midfielder and has the versatility to play up front and in the back,” said Smith.

“She stepped in at defender and with her speed showed that she could be a shutdown defender when needed. She gets great crosses off and we will continue to get goals from her from the outside.

“Malayna is a hard-nosed defender and is extremely aggressive in the middle. She can also press forward and hit shots from outside,” the Tiger coach noted.

The other first-team repeaters are junior midfielder Emily Janke and senior defender Bridget Hoffmann of Ozaukee and senior forward Anjelica Caldwell of Cedar Grove- Belgium.

Also voted unanimously to the first team were Janke, junior midfielder Brooke Bares of Ozaukee; junior defender Keri Hartmann, Oostburg; sophomore midfielder Haleigh Bares, Cedar Grove; and senior goalkeeper Leah Ebbers of Oostburg.

CLC champion Ozaukee has a league-high three first-team players.


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