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Sherwood relied on senior strength


The Lady Bowmen seniors enjoyed plenty of success

HILLSBORO — For most of the group, things started more than seven years ago.

It ended for the group Saturday, amid tears and hugs on a rain-soaked turf.

But, wow, they accomplished a lot together.

The 12 seniors on the Sherwood High School girls soccer team, their days of playing together as a group came to a close with a 3-0 loss to Summit in the Class 5A state championship match played Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

“It’s been amazing,” Sherwood senior defender Annie Govig said following Saturday’s state title tilt. “It’s been great playing with my friends for so long. I think we’ve been playing together since fifth grade and we’ve always had good team bonding.”by: DAN BROOD - SENIOR SPIRIT -- Sherwood senior Carley Mills (left) and Meghan Schoen get fired up prior to the start of Saturday's state title match.

“And it was great to do this our senior year,” Sherwood senior midfielder Mikayla Howes added.

That group of seniors — Mikaela Doherty, Kyeli Hendryx, Rojia Stocker, Govig, Meghan Schoen, Carley Mills, Jessica Imbrie, Howes, Taylor Gersch, Tear’sa Krieger, Michaela Pilkenton and Natalie Thomas — enjoyed quite a bit of success during their four years in the Sherwood High School program.

During those four years, the Lady Bowmen had an overall record of 62-8-3. Sherwood reached the state championship match three of those years, winning the title in 2011.

“Four years, three championship games,” said Schoen, who, along with Imbrie and Govig, played in the 2009 state championship match as freshmen. “It’s sad that it’s over. There are so many good memories.”

And so much success, including this year, when the Lady Bowmen went 14-2-2 on the season.

And, according to Sherwood junior midfielder Emily Harris, the Lady Bowmen seniors spearheaded that success.

“Our team wouldn’t have done as well as we did without them,” Harris said. “They were our leaders.”

It’s a group of leaders who have been close for a long time now.

“We started together when we were really young,” Hendryx said. “We kept at it and put it all together. This is definitely a special group. We ended it today as family.”

“It’s been nice to play with the same group since we were little,” Imbrie said.

“We were all friends already,” Schoen said.

“I’m so proud of what we accomplished,” Govig said.

Now, the Lady Bowmen will be looking to move on without the strong core of seniors.

“It’s going to be a lot different next year,” Harris said. “But we’ll be looking to keep up the tradition.”