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CONFERENCE PREVIEWS: BCS LEAGUE TEAM CAPSULES

Updated: May 3, 2023



BCS LEAGUE:


Below are the team capsules for the BCS League. Rounds of Emails were sent to the athletics departments and coaching staffs of every girls soccer program in the state where coaches emails were available in March. To submit information for missing schools, submit additional information, or to make corrections, please email Web and Content Editor Dan Stickradt at stickradt@michigansoccernetwork.com or text to (248) 884-1051.


Teams – Bridgman, Covert, Marcellus Howardsville Christian, New Buffalo, St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran, St. Joseph Our Lady Of The Lake Catholic, Three Oaks River Valley


No Teams – Benton Harbor Countryside Academy, Eau Claire


SCHOOL: Bridgman

HEAD COACH: Nick Foxworthy

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 8-8-2, 4-4-0 BCS League (fifth)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Niles Brandywine (8-0); lost to St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran (2-1) in the D-4 districts semifinals

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: None

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS:

OTHER KEY RETURNEES:

KEY NEWCOMERS:

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: Following a five-hundred season, the Bees hope to climb the standings this season with a young team. Bridgman opened the season 0-5-1.


SCHOOL: Covert

HEAD COACH: Maricela Gallegos

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 0-11-0, 0-8-0 BCS League (ninth)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Lost to Lawton (10-0) in a D-4 pre-district match

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: None

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS:

OTHER KEY RETURNEES:

KEY NEWCOMERS:

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: A fledging program that’s only been around less than a decade, Covert has yet to hit its stride. The program did not win a game last season and began this season 0-2-0.


SCHOOL: Marcellus Howardsville Christian

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: No team in 2022

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: Due to low numbers, Howardsville Christian did not field a team again 2023.


SCHOOL: New Buffalo

HEAD COACH: Erik Beers

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 3-11-1, 1-7-0 BCS League (eighth)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Marcellus (2-0); lost to St. Joseph Our Lady of the Lake Catholic (8-0) in a D-4 districts semifinals.

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: None

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS:

OTHER KEY RETURNEES:

KEY NEWCOMERS:

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: Tucked in the very southwestern corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, New Buffalo hasn’t had a ton of recent success and is seeking to better its standings in the BCS League this season. The Bison started the campaign 0-2-1.


SCHOOL: St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran

HEAD COACH: Sarah Jackmeyer

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 9-8-0, 5-3-0 BCS League (third)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Buchanan (8-2); def. Bridgman (2-1); lost to St. Joseph Our Lady of the Lake Catholic (5-1) in the D-4 district finals.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Ava Beilman, sr. M; Sydney Buch, sr. M; Catalina Dallwitz, jr. D; Elisa Daylo, soph. D; Paige Gerlach, jr. M/D; Elle Graebel, jr. D; Ellen Kim, soph. D; Julianna Koehler, sr. D; Alaina Lemke, sr. D/M; Dimercia Mbayo, jr. M; Natalie Ritter, sr. G/M; Isabella Swisher, soph. M/F

KEY NEWCOMERS: Aubrey Barnes, fr. D; Katherine Beilke, fr. M; Katie Dailey, fr. D; Jeslyn Koehler, fr. D; Mya Lemke, fr. G/M; Jesse Tratham, fr. M

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: The Titans only have 100 students to work with, but still fields a competitive side. Michigan Lutheran was third in the league and a district runner-up last season and this year features seven seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and six freshmen who hope to combine for better fortunes.


SCHOOL: St. Joseph Our Lady Of The Lake Catholic

HEAD COACH: Lukas Biskin

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 15-3-1, 7-1-0 BCS League (second)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. New Buffalo (8-0); def. St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran (5-1, district finals); def. Saugatuck (2-1); lost to Kalamazoo Christian (9-1) in D-4 regional finals

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Nora Proos, soph. F (All-State Honorable Mention; 33 goals and seven assists); Ellie Howard, soph. M (All-State Honorable Mention; 16 goals, 24 assists); Claire Jollay, jr. G (All-State Honorable Mention; .900 save percentage, 1.51 goals against average)

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: With a quality freshman class leading the charge, Our Lady of the Lake made its deepest run in the postseason to date. The Lakers, formerly known as Lake Michigan Catholic, finished second in the BCS League, won a district before bowing out in the regional finals to eventual state runner-up Kalamazoo Christian. Three All-State players return plus several other key components as the Lakers hope to equal or better their success.


SCHOOL: Three Oaks River Valley

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: No team in 2022

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: Due to low numbers Three Oaks River Valley did not field a team again in 2022


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