Coach Bob Desotelle returns 11 starters from a team that finished 8-3-3 overall and 6-0 in the Packerland Conference last season.
Junior Madison Starr is the top returning goal scorer with nine, and senior Anna Fischer returns after scoring five. Junior Claire Tellstrom (three), Georgia Feldman (two) and Miranda Olson (two) are the other returning starters who scored last year.
Desotelle said he is also counting on returnees Ella Pinkert, Caitlyn Smith, Katie Peterson, Gracen Spritka, McKenna Gibson and Abrielle Lenius. Senior Taylor Goddard returns after taking a year off, and Brenna Maynihan and Carley Woodack, who saw considerable playing time in 2018, are also returning. Freshmen Arry Vanlieshout and Allison Hobbs are the top newcomers.
“Winning conference is first on our list of goals,” said Desotelle, whose team participates in a region with four state-ranked teams. “This group is feisty, hungry to compete and works hard every practice. This is an exciting time for girls soccer at Sturgeon Bay.”
Coaches Chad Andreae and Bogdan Savenko have a roster of 33 players, many of whom are new to soccer.
Senior forward Reetika Jandu, junior forward Kayla Scharrig, senior midfielder Molly Banks, senior defender Kayla Copiskey and sophomore defender Rebekah Andreae are the Vikings’ returning starters. They will also count on newcomers Audrey Viste, a sophomore midfielder; and Stephanie Bemmann, a senior goalkeeper.
“We have a fantastic group of girls out for soccer this season,” Andreae said. “Many of the girls are new to the sport of soccer but are progressing nicely.”
Among his goals are a .500 record, a Packerland Conference title and a regional playoff win.
“These are lofty goals, but attainable,” said Andreae, whose team was 4-9 overall and 3-3 in the Packerland Conference in 2018. “If the girls continue working hard and rise to every opportunity, we can put a check in the win category.”