Booters stay positive despite tough season

The Lady Wildcat varsity soccer team kicked off its season in March and now stands 8-6 overall. Shown in front are Leah Freiberg (from left), Caitlyn Hopman, Grace Brenner, Abby Walters, Sabrina Bucci and Paige Miller. In the center row are Mackenzie Methner, Jillian Beall, Lexi Dryps, Alexa Schramm, Megan Bouren, Kayla Doslak and Alyssa Kessler. In the back row are Head Coach Phil Kimmel, Micah Rolling, Ella Erskine, Megan Armbruster, Lauren Methner, Anne Culver and Genevieve Dare. Photo provided.
The Lady Wildcat varsity soccer team kicked off its season in March and now stands 8-6 overall. Shown in front are Leah Freiberg (from left), Caitlyn Hopman, Grace Brenner, Abby Walters, Sabrina Bucci and Paige Miller. In the center row are Mackenzie Methner, Jillian Beall, Lexi Dryps, Alexa Schramm, Megan Bouren, Kayla Doslak and Alyssa Kessler. In the back row are Head Coach Phil Kimmel, Micah Rolling, Ella Erskine, Megan Armbruster, Lauren Methner, Anne Culver and Genevieve Dare. Photo provided.

Back in March, the Oxford girls varsity soccer team kicked off the 2018 season with a positive attitude and they’ve worked hard to maintain it despite facing many challenges.

The team is currently 8-6 overall.

As the season has progressed, Head Coach Phil Kimmel said the Lady Cats have specifically focused their efforts on improving midfield play.

“Some of our best athletes are playing in the central midfield, but they are probably playing a bit out of position,” he said. “This means those players have really worked hard to improve their skills and field awareness.”

Kimmel said he has been impressed with the performance of the team’s starting lineup this year, which consists of freshmen Sabrina Bucci, Genevieve Dare and Mackenzie Methner; sophomores Anne Culver, Lauren Methner and Megan Bouren; juniors Grace Brenner, Alexa Schramm and Micah Rolling; and seniors Kyla Doslak and Lexi Dryps.

Last week, the Oxford team went 2-1 and, on May 14, the girls scored an impressive 3-1 win against Royal Oak.

The girls came out on fire that night with Kayla Doslak scoring a goal assisted by Ella Erskine two minutes into the game.

Although Royal Oak scored midway through the first half to tie it up, the Cats came back in the second half and dominated play with midfield possession by Megan Bouren.

A goal by Mackenzie Methner and another by Doslak were both assisted by Lexi Dryps. The back line of Brenner, Schramm, Rolling, Bucci and Dare continued to play lock down defense with timely saves from Armbruster.

Up next, the team faces Fenton on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. on the home field.