2013 Girls soccer season preview capsules

September 11, 2013 

MID-COLUMBIA CONFERENCE

Kamiakin (2012 record: 17-2-1 overall, 13-1 MCC, 1st place)

2012 playoffs: 3-1, lost 4-0 to Mt. Spokane in 3A state quarterfinals

Returning starters: 9

What coach Chris Erikson says: “We want to blend our classes into a strong, organized unit, improving with each game (and) learning from our mistakes. We can get there faster as individuals, but we will go further as a group.”

Outlook: With nine starters returning, the defending league champions are in the driver’s seat. But if they get cocky, there are several teams who can replace them as frontrunners.

Chiawana (12-6, 11-3, t-2nd)

2012 playoffs: 0-1, lost in first round of districts.

Returning starters: 7

What an opposing coach says: “(Alexis Stephenson and Braydey Hodgins are) two of the toughest strikers I’ve seen, and they’re combined on one team. One is tough enough to deal with, but two of them?”

Outlook: Stephenson and Hodgins combined for 20 goals last year. This season, the Hawks will add another top scorer to the mix in Sydney Virgen, a transfer from Pasco who netted six goals and three assists. A top back line returns three starters.

Richland (12-6, 11-3, t-2nd)

2012 playoffs: 1-2, lost in 4A regional consolation final

Returning starters: 6

What coach Sara Elfering says: “Samantha Heilman will be more of a target for other team’s defenses, which we have talked about. She comes back bigger and stronger with experience and confidence under her belt.”

Outlook: Heilman was one of the best surprises in the MCC last year, recording double figure totals in goals (11) and assists (10). But the Bombers’ heart beats with Idaho-bound Andes Archibald, a versatile midfielder who provides stability in the back.

Hanford (11-7, 8-6, 4th)

2012 playoffs: 1-1, lost in first round of 3A regionals

Returning starters: 9

What coach Mart Oostrom says: “What we have that other teams do not have is tremendous size. (5-foot-11 basketball star) Colette Gall isn’t even the biggest one on our team.”

Outlook: The Falcons have a solid core of 11 seniors, all of whom are determined to return to state. While the Falcons lack true star power, Oostrom has created a strong team concept that his players have bought into.

Pasco (9-11, 5-9, t-5th)

2012 playoffs: 2-2, lost in first round of 4A regionals

Returning starters: 7

What coach Justin Carey says: “We don’t have a fast, up and down type of team, but we have tons of players who are very solid. We’re always talking about humility and character. The two go hand in hand.”

Outlook: Pulled off big upset in 4A district tournament, beating Chiawana to advance to title game. This is the year Carey has been waiting for, when experience will catch up with the Bulldogs’ talent.

Southridge (7-12, 5-9, t-5th)

2012 playoffs: 2-1, lost in 3A regional consolation final

Returning starters: 6

What coach Greg Sambrano says: “We have better depth this season and a strong group of freshmen, several of whom I am counting on to contribute.”

Outlook: Finished strong in 2012, winning two playoff games before falling one game short of state. Expect that confidence to build this season with one of strongest freshman classes in area history.

Walla Walla (3-12, 3-11, 7th)

2012 playoffs: 0-1, lost in first round of districts.

Returning starters: 6

What coach Keven Peck says: “We have nine players with some varsity experience. We have some chronological depth, but with no previous experience, it’s hard to know how much competitive experience we have.”

Outlook: Recorded one of last year’s biggest upsets with a mid-season shootout win over Hanford. Peck is returning to soccer coaching after some time away from the sport.

Kennewick (1-16, 0-14, 8th)

2012 playoffs: 1-1, beat Sunnyside in district play-in game for first win of season, lost in first round of districts.

Returning starters: 3

What coach Matt Kessie says: “Darby Havrelock and Klarissa Barajas show great potential as freshmen. Hannah (Templeton) is coming back stronger and wiser as a sophomore. The chemistry of these three will be key.”

Outlook: After losing 16 consecutive games in a row last year in the regular season, the Lions got some confidence with a district playoff win over Sunnyside. They may be a long way from a league title, but players have shown some hope and promise.

Returning All-MCC

First team

GK — Emily Busselman, sr., Hanford. F — Ellie Heiden, sr., Kamiakin. MF — Abby Buckenberger, sr., Pasco; Hannah Sanders, sr., Southridge; Brianna Turley, sr., Kamiakin; Bret Baysinger, sr., Hanford; Sydney Shintaffer, sr., Hanford; Katherine Virden, sr., Richland. D — Lauren McKinney, sr., Kamiakin.

Second team

F — Sidney Virgen, sr., Pasco; Alexis Stephenson, jr., Chiawana; Samantha Heilman, soph., Richland. MF — Michelle Foster, sr., Southridge; Andes Archibald, sr., Richland; Megan Young, sr., Kamiakin; Megan Zimmerman, jr., Pasco. D — Lexi Ellingsen, sr., Chiawana; Heather Donais, soph., Kamiakin.

Honorable mention

F — Braydey Hodgins, soph., Chiawana; Rachel Young, jr., Kamiakin. D — Monica Rowley, sr., Hanford; Rachel Ensign, soph., Kamiakin.

Returning scoring leaders

Goals: Ellie Heiden (Kam) 13; Alexis Stephenson (Chia) 13; Samantha Heilman (Rich) 12; Hannah Sanders (South) 9; Abby Buckenberger (Pas) 9; Braydey Hodgins (Chia) 7; Sydney Shintaffer (Han) 6; Sidney Virgen (Pas) 6. Assists: Samantha Heilman (Rich) 10; Michelle Foster (South) 8; Bret Baysinger (Han) 7; Braydey Hodgins (Chia) 6; Hannah Sanders (South) 5; Sydney Shintaffer (Han) 5.

Goaltending: Emily Busselman (Han) 0.62 goals-against average, 3 shutouts; Samantha Beck (Rich) 0.72 GAA, 6 SO; Cydni Cottrell (Chia) 0.85 GAA, 5 SO; Carrie Nolan (Pas) 1.17 GAA, 3 SO

CWAC

Outlook: West Valley lost three tough seniors after going 9-0 last season, but they still have a ton of young talent coming back. Prosser returns a strong core and could challenge for the No. 2 spot, but they’ll be battling Ellensburg and Selah down to the wire. Don’t be surprised if Othello makes a move to the middle of the pack. Grandview graduated Oryian Matheny, one of the best players in program history and will have to rebuild.

2012 standings

West Valley 9-0; Prosser 7-2; Selah 7-2; Ellensburg 6-3; Ephrata 5-4; East Valley 3-6; Toppenish 3-6; Grandview 2-7; Othello 2-7; Wapato 1-8.

Returning All-CWAC

First team

F — Courtney Wells, sr., West Valley; Trew Tucker, sr., Ellensburg. MF — Ashley Kuhlmann, jr., Selah. D — Amber Reiber, sr., Selah; Brittney Snyder, sr., Ellensburg; Jazelda Garcia, sr., Ephrata.

Second team

GK — Stephanie Gibson, sr., West Valley. F — Haley Berryman, jr., Ephrata. MF — Riley Steele, soph., West Valley; Salome Yates, sr., East Valley; Jakensie Forsyth, sr., Prosser. D — Alyssa Barden, soph., West Valley; Katie Freisz, jr., East Valley; Denis Ruvalcaba, jr., Prosser; Kim Bennett, jr., Ephrata.

Honorable mention

F — Jasmin Lemos, jr., Prosser; Kimberlee Garza, jr., Othello. MF — Karissa Martinez, sr., Selah; Mariah Rojas, jr., East Valley; Ally Burgess, sr., Ellensburg; Taylor Karnes, soph., West Valley. D — Veronica Cuevas, jr., Toppenish; Sahara Hoffine, soph., West Valley.

SCAC

Outlook: Connell is always in the mix for a state berth, and Kiona-Benton, despite heavy losses to graduation, should challenge for the title. Watch out for Warden, which returns five players from the all-SCAC team.

2012 East standings

Connell 9-1; Kiona-Benton 8-2; Warden 7-3; Mabton 4-6; Royal 2-8; Wahluke 0-10.

Returning All-SCAC East

First team

Field players — Kyra Courneya, jr., Connell; Brylee Whitney, sr., Warden.

Second team

GK — Deianeira Caudle, sr., Warden. Field — Cynthia Cid-Beltran, sr., Royal; Savanna Edson, jr., Warden; Shelbey English, sr., Connell; Jacky Guarrarrana, jr., Royal; Elisa Hernandez, sr., Royal; Jordyn Kelly, sr., Kiona-Benton; Jennifer Mendoza, soph., Warden; Fatima Romero, jr., Wahluke; Emily Thornton, soph., Kiona-Benton; Brittany Vickerman, sr., Connell; Brenna Whitney, soph., Warden.

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