Times Sports Editor
The 2007 season was one to remember for the Northview girls' soccer program.
The program's first share of a conference championship, a school record 12 wins, least goals allowed and the most team goals scored amongst others, all made for a great run for the Knights.
Matching those lofty goals may be a bit difficult after some graduation losses and a key move by a veteran player, but there is plenty to be excited about as well.
Returning are the Knights offensive and defensive Most Valuable Players in Jenny Woodcox, Carlee Bell, Cayla Yockey and Tiffany Young as well as one of its Most Improved Players in Stormi Raines and the Rookie of the Year, Lindsay Woodcox.
Jenny Woodcox and Bell led the team in goals scored and will be counted on to continue that offensive sharpshooting this year.
Woodcox scored 21 goals and added four assists with Bell contributing 16 goals and three assists for the Knights.
"Jenny has been our high-scorer the last three years," said coach Tony Alstott. "I anticipate her and Carlee to score. Our scoring is going to have to come from our forwards this year."
Stormi Raines will give the Knights some added punch in the middle and should build upon her two-goal total from last year. Freshman Krista Stearley gives the Knights a speedy option, while she refines her offensive skills.
"Stormi gives us some nice options with her centering ability," said Alstott of his senior.
In the midfield will be senior Bonnie Froderman and junior Breanna Fagg with Lauren Webster.
"All three are going to get plenty of minutes," said Alstott. "Webster will be at center mid and she understands spacing on the field. She came with that knowledge. Breanna is probably our most improved player from last year."
Jessie Moore will get some minutes as a substitute.
Northview may have some early troubles replacing the talents of exchange student Charlie Greichgauer, Heather Foxx and Tylee Graverson, who moved to Carmel during the offseason.
Perhaps the most important replacement will be Rachel Alstott, who moves into the net to replace graduated veteran, Brianne Arvin.
Alstott got nearly 800 minutes in goal last year and made 48 saves, which should give her a head start for the 2008 season.
"Rachel is very good at communicating and directing her defense," said Alstott of his senior keeper.
In front of Alstott is a pair of experienced players that give Alstott's defense a pair of anchors.
Seniors Cayla Yockey and Tiffany Young combined for 30 steals last season and played more than 1,100 minutes apiece.
"I'm really excited about having Yockey and Tiffany back," commented Alstott. "Hopefully they can provide us some shutouts, because we'll have some 1-0 games. We're going to win and lose some 1-0 games," he admitted.
Though the team is going to take some time to gel, Alstott believes that his team has the ability to challenge for another conference title.
"I think we'll have a chance (at a title)," said Alstott. "Sullivan lost their goal keeper and their leading scorer so I think we can play with them. Edgewood is young and have a lot of returnees and Owen Valley lost 11 seniors.
"I think we can compete for the conference," continued Alstott. "Twelve wins may be a stretch. Our first four or five games we'll be searching for an identity."
With 35 players out for the team this year, Alstott has the luxury of having a full junior varsity team. He added that several players from the JV should get varsity time as well.
"I think Bethany Wright and Jackie Moore will get some playing time at fullback and Ashleigh Lehr and Alli Thomas will play some at midfield," said Alstott.
We've got three starters that are new to varsity, but I'm confident that they will fit in pretty well."
The Knights travel to Terre Haute North to start their season on Thursday with a 5 p.m. game.
Northview girls' varsity soccer
|Thu. Aug. 21||at T.H. North||5 p.m.|
|Mon. Aug. 25||at Cascade||5 p.m.|
|Wed. Aug. 27||at West Vigo||5 p.m.|
|Wed. Sept. 3||at Danville||5 p.m.|
|Wed. Sept. 10||vs. Sullivan||5 p.m.|
|Sat. Sept. 13||at Greencastle||10:45 a.m.|
|Mon. Sept. 15||vs. Monrovia||5 p.m.|
|Wed. Sept. 17||at Edgewood||5 p.m.|
|Sat. Sept. 20||at Brown County||1 p.m.|
|Tue. Sept. 23||vs. Crawfordsville||5 p.m.|
|Thu. Sept. 25||vs. S.Vermillion||5 p.m.|
|Tue. Sept. 30||at T.H. South||6:45 p.m.|
|Thu. Oct. 2||vs. Owen Valley, 5 p.m.|
|Mon. Oct. 6||vs. N.Knox||5 p.m.|
|Tue. Oct. 7||at Southmont||5 p.m.|
|Mon. Oct. 13||at T.H. South Sectional||TBA|
|Tue. Oct. 14||at T.H. South Sectional||TBA|
|Thu. Oct. 16||at T.H. South Sectional||TBA|