Sherwood girls soccer team ready to go
SHERWOOD — The 2016 season was a historic one for the Sherwood High School girls soccer team.
The Lady Bowmen won the Three Rivers League title and then went on to capture the Class 6A state crown — marking the first Class 6A team title in school history.
But, it's a new year.
And, for the most part, it's a new group of Lady Bowmen. That's because the team graduated 10 seniors from the 2016 state championship squad, including Class 6A Player of the year Kaillen Fried.
But, don't worry about the Lady Bowmen. They're getting ready to go again.
"We look to be competitive in every match," said Sherwood coach Katie Hartman, the 2016 Class 6A Coach of the Year.
While Sherwood did lose a strong group of seniors from last year's title-winning team, the Lady Bowmen also return some key players from the squad that went 16-2-1 on the season in 2016.
Among the returnees is sophomore forward Loma McNeese, who is the only returning starter from last year's squad.
McNeese stepped up for the Lady Bowmen in last year's postseason. She scored two goals in a first-round state playoff win over McNary. She had an assist on the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over West Linn in the semifinals, and she scored the first goal of the contest in the 2-1 victory over Sunset in the Class 6A state championship match.
"She is a talented playmaker and scorer," Hartman said of McNeese.
Also returning from last year's championship squad are senior forward Liv Corsetti, senior defender Hannah Fillinger-Palotay, senior midfielder Maddie Kilcoin, senior midfielder Alexa Richards, senior midfielder Lauren Scarvie and senior defender Ashlyn Strohmaier.
Scarvie, who also is a basketball standout at Sherwood, had a goal for the Lady Bowmen in the state playoff win over McNary a year ago.
The seniors will be counted on to provide leadership for the squad this year.
"We have six returning seniors that are expected to lead and guide all the newcomers and confidently step into the vacated roles from last year's graduating class," Hartman said.
Among the newcomers to the Sherwood varsity roster are junior defender Abby Eisenbeiss, junior defender Jenna Funk, junior defender Madi Pastores, junior defender Gillian Pedan, junior forward Kolleen Peters, junior midfielder Mia Stallard, junior midfielder Alex Verkamp, sophomore goalkeeper Jadie Baldwin, sophomore midfielder Ava Boughey, sophomore midfielder Jillian Leroux, sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Pfisthner, freshman defender Morgen Fried and freshman forward Kyla Nordstrom.
"Our strength is our grit, tenacity and positive senior leadership," Hartman said of this year's Sherwood squad.
As for the Three Rivers League this year, Hartman sees plenty of competition ahead for the Lady Bowmen, as they try and defend their league title.
"I believe the Three Rivers League is one of the stronger leagues in the state, and every game is a battle," Hartman said. "We are hoping to finish in a place that is representative of our abilities and hard work."
The Lady Bowmen, after hosting a jamboree today (Thursday), will open their 2017 schedule Tuesday, when they host Southridge in a non-league match starting at 7 p.m. at Sherwood High School. Next Thursday, Sherwood will face Central Catholic in a non-league contest starting at 6 p.m. at Delta Park's Strasser Field.