• Head Coach: Patrick Scheibe, 14th season
• Last season: 7-1-2, 4A Kingco runnerup, 12-5-4, overall
• 2008 Turnout: 78
• Jr. Forward Katie Woodman: Standout first-team all-Kingco player was team’s leading scorer with 12 goals and three assists on the year.
• Sr. Midfield/Forward Jacqueline “JC” Conforto: Senior co-captain brings leadership, experience and hustle to Mustang midfield. Attacking center midfielder will contribute plenty of assists. “Quick, strong and fast,” Scheibe said.
• Sr. Midfield/Defender Cassie Rodgers: Co-captain with Conforto, Rodgers is an outstanding defender and excellent “glue” player that makes everyone around her better. Makes very few mistakes on the field.
• Sr. Goalkeeper Jordan Keddie: Last year’s returning keeper has big-game experience after logging time at state tournament.
• So. Midfield/Forward Rachel Herron: Very versatile player, can play forward, midfield and defender equally well.
• Jr. Midfield Amanda Dahl: Standout on JV last year looks to contribute to varsity squad in 2008.
“I think we will have a pretty solid squad that is a little on the young side. We return a number of quality defenders with experience, and we hope to again compete for a playoff spot in the competitive Kingco conference,” Scheibe said
• Oct. 2 vs. Issaquah: Two-time defending state champion Eagles have gone 75-5-1 in the last four seasons. With perennial powerhouse Eastlake (undefeated last year) in the league as well, Mustangs may need a couple upset victories just to get to the playoffs.
Did you know?
Redmond coach Schiebe was selected as the Kingco 4A Coach of the Year for soccer last season.
THE OVERLAKE SCHOOL OWLS
• Head Coach: Sally Goodspeed, 6th season
• Last season: 8-3-2 (2nd place Emerald City league), 11-6-2 (overall)
• Returning Starters: 7
• Sr. Defender Christina Nordin: Speedy, aggressive team leader and second-team all-league selection will patrol the backfield for the Owls
• Jr. Midfielder Maya Marder: Team’s only first-team Kingco player will look to follow in the footsteps of her older sister Aliya, who graduated in 2006.
• Jr. Goalkeeper Ceci Votta: Had a phenomenal season with nine shutouts in ‘07, will be aided by strong Owl defense.
• Jr. Forward Susannah Kelly: Team will look for last year’s leader in offensive statistics to score early, often and contribute with assists.
• Sept. 29 vs. Seattle Academy: First game of six consecutive games at Overlake Field, against the school that many coaches, including Goodspeed, believe is the team to beat in the league. Win here would set a positive tone for homestand.
Did you know?
For two years in a row, the Overlake girls’ soccer team has earned their trip to the state 1A/1B/2B state tournament via a penalty-kick shootout in the deciding game. In 2006 Aliya Marder scored to beat Bellevue Christian, and last year it was her younger sister Maya who planted a shot into the top left of the net to beat Bush.
THE BEAR CREEK GRIZZLIES
• Coach: Kailee Blankenship, 6th season
• Last season’s record: 8-7-1, Sea-Tac 2B League champions, 8-8-1 overall.
• 2008 player turnout: 18 varsity.
• Sr. Goalie Molly Miller: Fourth-year starter will provide leadership and experience for fairly young team.
• Sr. Defender Beth Graham: Strong athlete will be the anchor in the Grizzlies’ backline.
• Soph. Defender Haley Peterson: Started as a freshman and will be a solid contributor again this fall.
• Soph. Defender Catherine Pomeroy: Second-year starter will help solidify the defense.
• Fresh. Midfielder Morgan Rial: Talented player will trigger the offense and will be one to watch this season.
• Sept. 26 vs. Evergreen Lutheran: This will be a stiff test for the Grizzlies, who lost six key seniors to graduation and will rely on younger players this fall.
Did you know?
Kimi Pohlman, who played sweeper last year for the Grizzlies, now attends the University of Washington on a softball scholarship.