OSCODA – The Oscoda women’s soccer team struggled a bit during a 2-12-2 season last spring. The Lady Owls are expected to fare much better on the pitch, however, as they return with 13 players with college experience and also welcome an influx of talented newcomers.
“We looked good early on,” fifth-year head coach Christine Byrne said. “We have a lot of talent coming back from last year. We focused on individual skills and our movement off the ball.
Returning with college experience, seniors Alexis Ruemenapp (goalkeeper), Hailey Watson (goalkeeper), juniors Alyvia Proe (forward), Jessica Montgomery (midfielder), Nichole Leeseberg, Sophia Livvix (defense), Sabrina Hulverson (defense), Madison Allen (forward), Colbie Kruse (defense), sophomores Jenalee Kotula, Marley Watson (middle), Emma Hofacer (goalkeeper), and Cali Janis (middle).
The new team members will be juniors Brooke Vendetto, Leliah Kard, Emma Lukach, Brianna Binkoski, sophomores Andrea Lopez-Martinez, Hannah Gallahar, Marlene Sobrino-Salvador and freshmen Piper Burger, Aurora Boland , Hannah Moore and Maiya Dettmer.
Without a conference home, Byrne hopes to earn material in another way this season.
“Tournaments are always fun,” she said. “We have our home invitation on May 7, we are still looking for teams to play there. We have another on May 14 in Ogemaw.
Oscoda hosted Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday, was at Pinconning on Monday, heads to John Glenn on Friday and hosts rival Oscoda on Tuesday.
“Hopefully the girls will find a rhythm with each other on the court, see where the positions work best for the girls and the team so we can make the necessary adjustments,” Byrne said. “The girls and I are very excited for our season to begin.”