Positive outlook for experienced Panthers

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


SYDNEY ROBINSON (right) of Plymouth, shown in action versus Kewaskum last year, is a key returning player for the PHS soccer team this season. Robinson was an All-ECC first-team pick in 2016. – Review file photo SYDNEY ROBINSON (right) of Plymouth, shown in action versus Kewaskum last year, is a key returning player for the PHS soccer team this season. Robinson was an All-ECC first-team pick in 2016. – Review file photo PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth girls soccer team has a bright outlook as it returns most of its players from last season when the Panthers earned the East Central Conference co-championship.

PHS has four All-ECC players back from 2016, including three who were on the first team. The three first-team picks are junior striker Sydney Robinson, senior midfielder Kaylee Koenig and senior defender Brooklin Willoughby. Robinson was the Panthers’ leading scorer last season with 16 goals.

The other All-ECC player is senior midfielder Skyler Gosse who made the second team. Senior Emily Majerus, an all-league honorable-mention player last year, is on the squad this season but will be unable to compete due to a torn ACL sustained during this past basketball season. Majerus is one of 15 Panthers who lettered last year.

The returning starters are Koenig, Robinson, Willoughby, junior midfielder/wing Ellie Welsch, Gosse, senior goalkeeper/ Taylor Heyrman and senior defender Kaitlyn Heyrman.

“The outlook is positive. This group has put in a lot of time in order to improve for this season,” said Brad Feick who’s in his sixth season as the team’s head coach.

Feick points to depth and experience as the Panthers’ strengths.

“We have 14 varsity letter winners [who will play], many of whom are entering their third season on the varsity. They are hungry to compete and understand that success requires work,” said the coach.

“We also have a group of talented juniors eager to contribute on the varsity level.

“We need to be sure to take opportunities when we have them, whether that’s finishing a goal, winning a ball or forcing a turnover. We need to make sure that we take those opportunities,” he stressed.

“We have a lot of players who can contribute in a variety of roles.”

Feick mentioned varsity newcomers who have impressed him.

“Savannah Wiese is all over the field. Jayda Martell has great control. Kaitlyn Luedtke has good footwork. Carly Lilek is highly competitive,” he said.

“Tatum Eigenburger is a strong athlete. Hannah Stucke is physical and tough.”

The coach pointed out the keys for the team to have success.

“As a team, we need to make sure that we really work to meet our goals. We need make sure that we are working as a team to better the team,” he said.

PHS finished 11-2-1 in the ECC and shared first with Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson). The Panthers were 13-7-1 overall and a Division 2 regional finalist.

Feick sized up the ECC com- petition.

“KML is the 2016 co-champ. Winneconne is young and very talented. Campbellsport is always tough, especially there. Waupun is young and continues to improve. Berlin, Ripon, and Kewaskum are competitive,” he observed.

The coach’s top goals are for the Panthers to improve each practice and game, and to play their best soccer in June (when the postseason starts).


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