Perfection is hard to come by.
Liberty-Benton’s girls were perfect during the regular season last year. In fact, the Eagles won 19 straight matches before falling to Akron Hoban 1-0 in the Division II regional semifinals in Ashland on Halloween night.
It was the school’s first trip to regionals and the team is looking to advance even further along the tournament trail.
But don’t bet against the Eagles. Coach David LaRocco has four first team Midland Suburban Soccer League selections back including seniors Katie Saums (midfield/forward), Hillary Moore (defender), Kelly Taylor (goalkeeper) and junior Amanda Hyde (midfield).
There is plenty of talent elsewhere around the area too.
• Ottawa-Glandorf served notice that they’ll be strong once again by crushing Swanton 7-0 in the team’s opener Monday. Amy Inkrott, a returning second-team all-WBL selection scored three goals in the Titans’ win.
• Riverdale has 15 players back from a 2007 unit that posted an 11-5-1 record. Senior Shaye Eatherton, a second-team all-district selection, leads a talented group of eight seniors who are back for the Falcons. Sophomore Vanessa Stewart, the team’s top returning scorer, netted 25 goals with 3 assists as a freshman.
• The race for the Putnam County League title should be a dandy with defending champ Continental battling Kalida and improved squads from Ottoville and Fort Jennings. The Pirates were 15-2-2 last season but will have to replace the school’s all-time career scoring leader Sarah Coble who knocked in 105 goals with 66 assists.
No information was available on Bluffton’s team.
HEAD COACH: Alayne Schrock (3rd Year).
2007 RECORD: 3-10-2 overall.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brandy Sealscott, sr., MF; Ashley Robey, jr., FB; Kayla Zimmerman, jr., FB; Diana Bollinger, soph., F/MF; Corissa Cole, soph., MF; Danielle Hannah, soph., F; Autum Rowe, soph., MF; Lorna Spar, soph., F; Torie Wright, soph., MF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Michelle Lawrence, sr., FB; Taylor Peirce, soph., F; Progga Das, sr., FB; Michelle Lawrence, sr., FB; Samantha Mullins, sr., FB; Caitlin Young, sr., FB; Keara Downing, soph., FB; Autumn Klingler, soph., MF; Kimberly Schaper, soph., GK; Sarah Clum, fr., Debra Hirn, fr., F/GK; Heather Rowe, fr., FB.
NOTABLE: With a deep bench and a new formation the Bulldogs feel very good about their chances to have some success on the field.
HEAD COACH: Toby Bidlack (6th year, 64-19-9).
2007 RECORD: 15-2-2 overall, 4-0 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jessica Brown, sr., D; Janelle Doenges, sr., MF/D; Courtney Olds, sr., F; Brooke Tegenkamp, sr., F; Darcy Schwarzman, sr., MF/F; Marlene Bradley, jr., F/MF; Ashley Bradley, jr., D/GK; Kyleigh Holtsberry, jr., GK./MF; Jenn Donaldson, jr., D; Taylor Bidlack, soph., MF/F; Michelle Noffsinger, soph., MF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Stephanie Coble, soph., D/MF; Kayla Mansfield, fr., D; Alli Prowant, fr., MF; Mady Recker, fr., MF/D.
NOTABLE: The Pirates lost a good player to graduation in Sarah Coble (105 career goals, 66 assists). Look for Continental to be solid once again as Brown, Doenges, Tegenkamp, Schwarzman and Olds are all 3-year letterwinners.
HEAD COACH: Heath Mikesell (2nd year).
2007 RECORD: 0-13-1 overall.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Gloria Basinger, Sr., G; Kirsten Egts, Sr., F; Cassandra Frantz, Sr., MF; Jill Gallant, Sr., F; Hannah Ream, sr., MF; Chelsea VanHorn, sr., FB; Abby Welch, sr., FB; Alissa Wiess, sr., MF; Kassi Verhoff, jr., MF/F; Hallie Snodgrass, soph., FB; Caitlin Parke, soph., FB.
TOP PROSPECTS: Morgan Woodward, soph., FB.
NOTABLE: Cory-Rawson only graduated 3 seniors and have 10 returning seniors in 2008. Look for vast improvement in every area as the Hornets enter their third season as a varsity program
HEAD COACH: Rodney Wagner (7th year, 58-38-11).
2007 RECORD: 10-8 overall, 2-2 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chelsea Chandler, sr., FB; Rachel Grothause, sr., F; Kayla Knippen, sr., MF; Brittany Piasecki, sr., FB; Andrea Dray, sr., FB; Ashley Amstutz, jr, MF; Stacie Chandler, jr., F; Kristie Kennedy, jr., FB; Megan Schimmoeller, jr., GK; Katie VonLehmden, jr., F; Alissa Piasecki, soph., F; Lauren Verhoff, soph., F.
TOP PROSPECTS: Melissa Krietmeyer, soph., MF; Mindy Merricle, soph., GK; Taylor Wallenhorst, soph., MF; Samantha Dulle, soph., FB.
NOTABLE: The Musketeers should field a strong team, but the PCL is one of the toughest small-school girls soccer conferences around. All five Fort Jennings seniors are three-year letterwinners which should make them a team to watch in the Northwest District.
HEAD COACH: David Kehres (3rd year, 14-16-3).
2007 RECORD: 11-4-2 overall, 3-1 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brittney Bockrath, sr., D; Leah Gerding, sr., F/D; Cassy Schulte, sr., D/MF; Bethany Smith, sr., MF/D; Gina Verhoff, sr., MF; Kim Berheide, jr., D; Kara Kaufman, jr., D/MF; Stephanie Kortokrax, jr., GK/F; Kylie McIntyre, jr., MF/F; Abby Rampe, jr., F/GK; Margaret VonderEmbse, jr., MF/D; Samantha Edwards, soph., MF; Chelsea Kahle, soph., MF/D; Amanda Schulte, soph., MF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Devin Warnecke, jr., MF/D; Courtney Kimmel, soph., MF; Brianna Recker, soph., F; Miranda Schulte, soph., MF; Chelsea Verhoff, soph., MF; Erika Brinkman, fr., F/GK; Miranda Hermiller, fr., F; Nicole Kaufman, fr., F/D; Marissa Smith, fr., MF/D; Alexis Wurth, fr., D.
NOTABLE: It was a big turnaround for Kalida last season. Expect the Wildcats to be even better in 2008 as first-team, all-PCL selections Gina Verhoff and Steph Kortokrax are back along with second teamers Leah Gerding, Kara Kaufman and Abby Rampe.
HEAD COACH: David LaRocco (2nd year).
2007 RECORD: 19-1 overall, 10-0 Midland Suburban Soccer League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jessica Borer, sr., MF; Hannah Depriest, sr., MF; Beth Shaheen, sr., D; Megan Williamson, Sr., D; Molly Erickson, soph., MF; Kelsi Springer, soph., G; Angie Winkle, sr., D; Kate Saums, sr., MF; Hillary Moore, sr., D; Kelly Taylor, sr., G; Ali Erickson, sr., D; Marie Walker, jr., F; Amanda Hyde, jr. M.
TOP PROSPECTS: Sarah Beeman, fr., F; Laura Fish, fr., MF; Adrienne Ford, soph., F; Paige Brochine, soph., D; Megan Borer, soph., D; Shadia Smidi, zoph., MF; Amber Petersen, jr., MF.
NOTABLE: Kate Saums, Hillary Moore, Kelly Taylor and Amanda Hyde were all first-team all-conference selections last year for the Eagles. Liberty-Benton rolled through an unbeaten regular season before falling just short of a state tournament bid when it dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Akron Hoban in the Division II regional semifinals last Halloween.
HEAD COACH: Nick Pittman (1st year).
2007 RECORD: 7-11 overall, 0-5 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Carrie Griggs, sr., M; Erica Heverman, sr., M; Emily Schroeder, sr., D; Ashley Kohls, sr., M; Leah Lammers, sr., F; Sarah Warnimont, jr., D; Trisha Niese, jr., M; Kayla Schroeder, jr., F; Lauren Niese, soph., D; Sara Schroeder, soph., M; Courtney Ellerbrock, soph., G; Jessica Michel, soph., D; Ashley Schmoak, soph., D; Cayle Inkrott, soph., D; Hannah Niese, soph., M; Lauren Hermiller, sr., D.
TOP PROSPECTS: Kelly Pester, soph., D; Megan Klear, fr., D; Brittney Drummelsmith, fr., G; Ashley Alt, fr., M; Jessica Nienberg, fr., F; Jessica Leis, fr., M; Marissa Schroeder, fr., M.
NOTABLE: After losing 6 players the Wildcats feel that they are in good shape with their senior leadership, being competitive and team speed.
HEAD COACH: Bob Huth (5th year).
2007 RECORD: 9-5-3 overall.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Robyn Verhoff, jr., GK; Amy Inkrott, sr., MF; Kaylee Borer, soph., MF; Melissa Deters, sr., D; Kim Bingley, jr., D; Abby Recker, jr., MF; Jessica Bice, sr., D.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: Amy Inkrott is a returning second-team all-Western Buckeye League selection and she has already provided plenty of scoring punch from her spot as a midfielder. Inkrott scored 3 goals in the team's 7-0 season-opening win over Swanton.
HEAD COACH: Kevin Krouskop (2nd year).
2007 RECORD: 6-8-3 overall, 1-4 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Lauren Hoersten, sr., F; Maydean Beuttner, sr., D; Abby Krouskop, sr., MF; Chelsea Bowers, sr., D; Andrea Horstman, sr., MF; Alyssa Honigford, sr., MF; Kayla Boecker, sr., D; Jessica Beining, jr., MF; Mandy Cramer, jr., MF; Kari Beining, soph., F; Lynn Beining, soph., D; Nicole Kimmet, soph., G; Brooke Miller, soph., MF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Lauren Koch, fr., F; Kendra Krouskop, fr., F; Holly VonSossan, fr., MF.
NOTABLE: The Big Green should be solid. Krouskop is in his second season in charge of the girls program and has plenty of experience with 13 returning letterwinners.
HEAD COACH: Jason Espinoza (5th year, 47-18-4).
2007 RECORD: 11-5-1.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ashley Naus, sr., D; Alicia Naus, sr., MF/D; Shaye Eatherton, sr., F; Shayla Shuck, sr., F; Casey Watts, sr., D; Maisea Hicks, sr., MF; Megan Elwood, sr., MF; Sara Elwood, sr., GK/D; Elisha Vanbuskirk, jr., GK; Courtney VanAtta, jr., D; Monica Knoll, jr., MF; Miranda Blakley, jr., MF/D; Kim Pever, soph., D; Alison Gil, soph., D; Vanessa Stewart, soph., F.
TOP PROSPECTS: Hillary Walter, sr., UT; Kylie Brown, sr., D; Erin Musgrave, jr., F/D; Anna Reese, jr.,a GK; Abbie Walter, jr., UT; Rijah Shuck, soph., MF; Carly Moore, soph., MF; Jenni Walter, soph., UT; Miranda Albert, fr., MF; Shelby Blum, fr., D; Tiffany Hanson, fr., D; Kylie Cole, fr., MF/F; Kendra Elwood, fr., UT; Heather Watts, fr., D.
NOTABLE: Look for a solid season for the Falcons. Stewart scored 25 goals and added 3 assists as a freshman. Shaye Eatherton added 14 goals and 12 assists.
HEAD COACH: Erin Hurley (7th year, 38-33-4).
2007 RECORD: 2-11-3.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kelsie Elkins, soph., F; Kim Boes, sr., MF; Amanda Conley, jr., MF/F; Angela Werner, sr., MF/F; Chrissy Gatchell, sr., MF/F; Shayleen Wood, soph., D; Josie Brown, sr., D/MF; Corinne Stansbery, sr., D; Erin Rife, jr., MF/F.
TOP PROSPECTS: Audrey Frey, soph., GK; Shelby Caldwell, soph., MF; Aubry Wentling, fr., F; Brenna Ritter, jr., MF; Hannah Miller, soph., MF; Lauren Miller, jr., MF/F; Blake Harris, soph., D/MF; Annalee Frey, sr., D; Theresa D'Ettorre, soph., MF/F.
NOTABLE: Kim Boes, Chrissy Gatchell and Josie Brown will serve as the Rams' captains. Upper Sandusky opened its season with a 2-1 win over Sandusky.