Girls soccer preview: It's a new year and a fresh start for Raiders
It's a whole new year, a whole new team, a whole new season and a fresh start for the Hastings girls soccer team. Head coach Joanne Teigland is determined to make this season a fun one and one in which the Raiders are more successful.
"The whole team is awesome," Teigland said. "I love my team. I'm so excited. They busted their butts at tryouts. They worked so hard. They are upbeat, too.
"A big thing for us this season is coming together as a team. There's a lot of skilled players, and the kids in the younger classes really understand the game.
"So far, with the attitude we have, if we can carry that over into our work ethic, success should follow."
Captains for the Raiders are Katherine Moldenhauer, Courtney Boucher and Jackie Sorenson.
Moldenhauer, a senior, is a midfielder who had a number of injuries limit her playing time last season.
"She's got a great foot," Teigland said. "She sees the field well. She may possibly play forward for us this year. She does have a nose for the goal. There's a good chance that will put her up on top and see what she can do. She's got a nice, hard shot."
Boucher, a senior, has played defense in the past and may be back there again this year, but Teigland isn't ruling out a move.
"She is a great leader in the back, but this year we're not quite sure what is going to happen," she said. "She might even end up playing goalie. She is someone who has volunteered to do it. As of right now, we're hoping to see her on the field on defense, but we will have to see.
"She'd be great at directing traffic back there. The girls listen to her, but we'd rather have her out on the field playing defense."
Sorenson, a junior, is a junior and will likely be the team's sweeper.
"She is a workhorse," Teigland said. "She has grown so much over the years, and matured. She just understands the game so much more than she used to. She's a very smart player, and she's quick. If you need someone chased down, she's your gal."
McKensie Hollar is a senior who will see key playing time at defense and midfield. This will be her third year on varsity for the Raiders.
"She's been working really hard," Teigland said. "She is one of our more fit players, and that will help her, too."
Jenna Sorenson is a junior who has played outside midfield.
"She has done a fabulous job for us," Teigland said. "She had a great summer season and scored a lot of goals. She's like to play forward. We're not exactly sure how she's going to fit in quite yet."
Leslie Lucking is a junior defender who will see the field a lot.
"She's about as tough as they come," Teigland said. "She has a lot of energy on and off the field. She's really fun to have around as a teammate. She brings a lot of positive energy to us."
Hannah Sieh is a sophomore who returns with experience. She will play midfield.
"I think it will be fun to see what kind of player she becomes," Teigland said. "Last year she was just thrown out there. She's incredibly fit, too, and can play a lot of minutes for us."
Jenna Marier fought through some injuries last year but should be a big factor this season at midfield.
"We're looking forward to seeing what she can do this year," Teigland said. "We're excited. She looked really good in tryouts."
Sarah Peterson is a junior defender.
"She is another one who is incredibly fit," Teigland said. "Her attitude has just been awesome. She has worked really hard to gain a spot on varsity."
A number of talented underclassmen are also making a push to see playing time, including eighth-grader Hanna Norman, who will play defense.
There are 17 girls out for the team.
Teigland's team in 2009 finished 2-13 overall and the Raiders were winless in Suburban East Conference play.
"I just want to make sure the girls learn more about the game and come together as a team," she said. "As far as wins and losses, we haven't put a number on that. We're just hoping we are more successful than in the past.
"We'd like to have a conference win. That would be nice."
Expect Woodbury to once again lead the Suburban East Conference, with Mounds View the likely No. 2 team.