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Local Girls Soccer Capsules

August 10, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY

Players to watch: Aryanna Hartsburg, So., Keeper; Mary Pat Kelley, So., Midfielder; Alex Pomeroy, Sr., Forward; Olivia Shinn, So., Midfielder; Bailee Laux, Sr., Defender.

Key Departures: Mya Jaremczuk, Makayla Williams, Samantha Wojcik, Stephanie Wojcik.

Outlook: To use the words of Wolves head coach Michael Ramsey, this past year was “a tough season.” The Wolves (3-10-2, 1-6) lost six of their seven Duneland Athletic Conference games and lost 10 of their 15 matches in 2017. That comes with the territory of having a young, inexperienced lineup.

This year is shaping up to be a year of improvement for the Wolves with 23-goal All-DAC scorer Alex Pomeroy back for her senior season, along with last year’s freshman class, three of whom played substantial minutes in Hartsburg between the goalposts and Shinn and Kelley up at the top of the formation with Pomeroy.

“Our goal is to keep working hard, become more competitive in the always-tough DAC, and keep working to build our program from the bottom up,” Ramsey said.

MARQUETTE

Players to watch: Claire Salyer, Sr., center midfielder; Kassandra Loza, Sr., sweeper; McKena Moore, Sr., defender, goalkeeper; Summer Johnson, Sr., defender; Mika Finney, Sr., midfielder; Nata Reynaga, Sr., forward.

Outlook: The Blazers graduated seven seniors from a 15-4 team, including the school’s all-time leading scorer in Stacey Barron. In addition, four players from last year’s team transferred and another isn’t playing, leaving Marquette with a scant 11 girls, though coach Wil Cogdill hopes to add a few once school starts. Of the 11, six are seniors.

LA PORTE

Players to watch: Gabrielle Latchford, Jr., forward; Madison Coates, Jr., midfielder; Morgan Llewellyn, Jr., midfielder; Grace Holt, sophomore, goalkeeper.

Outlook: Latchford (11 goals) is among seven returning starters for the Slicers (8-6-2) have goals of 10 wins, five Duneland Athletic Conference victories and a return trip to the sectional final, where they lost to state champion Penn last season.

WESTVILLE

Players to watch: Kelsie Nichols, Sr.; Sydney Patia, Jr.; Chloe Fortune, Jr.; Morgan Bruns, Sr.

Outlook: Brian Ton returns to the sidelines to coach the Blackhawks who were winless in 2017. “We’re figuring out their roles and where they make the most impact,” he said.

-- compiled by Staff Writer Michael Whitlow

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