Resorters striving to improve on last season

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


CAMRIE SCHMITZ of Elkhart Lake scores a goal against New Holstein in soccer action March 28. Elkhart won, 3-2. Schmitz was an All-BEC first-team forward last year. – Photo by Mike McGill CAMRIE SCHMITZ of Elkhart Lake scores a goal against New Holstein in soccer action March 28. Elkhart won, 3-2. Schmitz was an All-BEC first-team forward last year. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE — The outlook for a very experienced Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah girls soccer team this season is very positive.

The Resorters finished strong last season, winning the first regional championship in the eight-year history of the varsity soccer program with a 5-2 upset win over Kiel. Elkhart won three straight matches at the end of the season before losing to Manitowoc Roncall in a Division 4 sectional final.

“We are very optimistic as we lost only two players [actually four] to graduation and with the number of freshman we are able to sub in and out a little more this year and allow some rest for our starting group,” said Kevin Ruh who is in his fifth year as the Resorters’ head coach.

The Resorters will be striving to improve on last year’s 6-16 overall record and 4-14 Big East Conference mark.

“A lot of our players do not play in the off-season and in the past we would use the first few games as a scrimmage for us to get our feet under us. This year the captains set up an off-season workout program and the girls came into practice in better shape than years before,” said Ruh.

“We went into every game [last season] to win but we did not worry about the first few as we focused on getting better. This year they came in ready to hit the ground running.”

Elkhart returns 11 full- or part-time starters, led by senior forward Camrie Schmitz who was an All-BEC first-team player last year. Schmitz ranked second in the conference in goals for the overall season with an impressive 41 (30 in BEC play).

The other starters back include Taylor Porter, Lauren Boos, Paige Nelson, Shynaia Higgins, Sarah Schneider, Kayla Theel, Simone Bulebosh, Holly Francis, Sydney Shovan and Kianna Bahr.

Ruh expects Schmitz, Porter (goalkeeper), Boos (midfielder), Nelson (midfielder), Higgins (defender), and Schneider (defender/ goalie) to lead the way for the Resorters.

The coach is upbeat about the freshmen.

“Right now we have six freshman who all very athletic. They all have strong points to their game and as the season moves along we will see how they develop,” he said.

Ruh pointed out the team’s strengths.

“We have 11 returning girls that have played every position on the field and can rotate to help each other out,” he said.

Ruh said having very young substitutes with no varsity experience is the squad’s weakness now.

“Our key again this year is to stay healthy. We played most of last year with 10-11 players that were able to play. We were able to get healthy at the end of the year and made a good run, and we can play with almost anyone,” he said.

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Surveying the conference race, Ruh thinks Howards Grove, Oostburg, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Ozaukee and St. Mary Catholic (Neenah) are the top title contenders. HG is the defending champion and returns most of its squad. Oostburg was a D-4 state qualifier last season.

The coach’s top goal is to have a winning season.


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