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LAKELAND CONFERENCE GIRLS SOCCER TEAM CAPSULES 2024



BY DAN STICKRADT

Communications Specialist | Web And Content Editor | Director of News |

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(Michigan Soccer Network Communications Specialist / Web and Content Editor / Director of News Dan Stickradt compiles team capsules for over 460 girls soccer programs statewide. Email pertinent information to stickradt@michigansoccernetwork.com. Follow on Twitter @msn_stickradt, @LocalSportsFans, or @MiSoccerNetwork and on numerous social media platforms.)


Competing Teams – Berrien Springs, Buchanan, Dowagiac, Niles Brandywine

No team – Benton Harbor

 

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The Michigan Soccer Network is collecting varsity girls soccer rosters for over 460 schools state-wide. Copies can be emailed to stickradt@michigansoccernetwork.com.

 

SCHOOL: Berrien Springs

HEAD COACH: Joe Schmidt

2023 OVERALL AND LEAGUE RECORD/ FINISH: 13-7-0, 3-0-0 Lakeland Conference (first)

2023 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Buchanan (5-2); def. South Haven (1-0); lost in D-3 district finals to Three Rivers (9-2).

RETURNING STARTERS: Zofia Jimenez, sr. F/M; Aubrey Ransom, sr. D; Maria Anderson, jr.; Lilliana Garcia, jr.; Haley Gravitt, jr.; Keira Suarez, jr. G/D; Abygayle Jacques, sr. D; Hindramalai Pawa, jr. D.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Desirae Kittleson, sr.; Jailyn Schilke, sr.; Haley Gravitt, jr.; Esme James, jr.; Sara Rodriguez, sr.; Shiloh Rosengren, jr.; Nancy Lopez-Lara, sr.; Kennedy Ritzenthaler, jr.; Loissy Marley, jr. D; Jessica Medrano, jr. D.

KEY NEWCOMERS:

NOTABLES/OUTLOOK/COACH’S QUOTE: Berrien Springs captured its first league title in the very first year of the Lakeland Conference existence. The Lakeland Conference has five schools but only four have boys soccer and girls soccer programs at the present time. The Shamrocks also reached the district finals last season, where they outscored the opposition 56-40 with eight shutouts. That shows the recent growth of this program. Berrien Springs is off to a 2-1-2 start with three shutouts and has been listed in the D-3 state rankings or honorable mention so far this year. … “2023 was a year of ‘firsts’ for the Lady Shamrocks program. It was the first winning record, first playoff game victory, and first league championship. We graduated 11 players from that team, but bring back a number of key contributors who will now look to keep the program competitive and keep the program expectations high. All three other teams in the conference have good returning players and growing programs that will make the Lakeland Conference challenging. The girls have high expectations of themselves and want to work to be able to achieve their goals for the season,” said coach Joe Schmidt.

 

 

SCHOOL: Buchanan

HEAD COACH: Russell Philip, sixth season

2023 OVERALL AND LEAGUE RECORD/ FINISH: 7-11-0, 1-2-0 Lakeland Conference (third)

2023 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Lost in D-3 pre-districts to Berrien Springs (5-2).

RETURNING STARTERS: Belle Overmyer, jr. D/F; Sutherland Philip, jr. F/M; Evyn Pruett, jr. F/M; Maddie Mullen, sr. D; Sidney Smith, jr. G; Kristen Tavernier, jr. M

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Aaliyah Marks, jr. M; Avery Yoder, sr. D; Addison Warmbein, jr. F; Lillian Nelson, sr. F; Krista Greogry, jr. M; Ava Trowbridge, soph. M; Saleen Brennan, jr. D.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Aberdeen Philip, fr. D; Ariana Burks, fr. D; Chloe Wheat, fr. F/D; Maddie Overmyer, fr. F; Olivia Haukaas, fr. D; Sophia Madison, fr. M; Emily Hasse, fr. D; Kenzie Boller, soph. M; Ashlyn Herbst, sr. D/M.

NOTABLES/OUTLOOK/COACH’S QUOTE: Last season saw Buchanan get knocked out in the pre-district round which ended a campaign where the Bucks were outscored 66-47 and shut out five times against only one clean sheet. Improvement is on the way, as Buchanan is off to a 3-1-1 start on the year and 2-0-0 in conference play. The Bucks have outscored their five opponents through April 13 by a 15-8 margin. … “Our experience is pretty strong. Since we didn’t lose many players last year we are looking to build on the chemistry we developed late in the season. We’re also pretty fast which will help. Our weaknesses is our current depth. While our starting 11 come in with a pretty strong soccer background, the rest of the team is fairly new to the sport. There’s a lot of potential, but early season our depth will be a challenge,” said coach Russell Philip.

 

SCHOOL: Dowagiac

HEAD COACH: Joseph Pasternak

2023 OVERALL AND LEAGUE RECORD/ FINISH: 9-7-0, 2-1-0 Lakeland Conference (second)

2023 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Constantine (6-0); lost in D-3 district semifinals to Three Rivers (5-1)

RETURNING STARTERS: Maggie Weller, sr. M (All-League, All-District); Abby Dobberstein, sr. D (All-League, All-District); Alivia Aursa, sr. D (All-League, All-District); Johannah McDonald, soph. M (All-League); Johannah McDonald, soph. M.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Alivia Bell, soph. M.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Chloe Brewer, fr. F; Mia Freeman, fr. F; Riley O’Konski, fr. M.

NOTABLES/OUTLOOK/COACH’S QUOTE: Two years after winning a district crown,  Dowagiac put up some decent numbers in 2023. The Chieftains won nine games and posted a 55-29 scoring difference with five shutouts while only being blanked three times. So far this season Dowagiac is off to a much slower start with an 0-3-0 record through April 13. The Chieftains have been outscored 8-3 so far this season. If their sophomores and freshmen begin to produce then the ship will be righted soon.

 

SCHOOL: Niles Brandywine

HEAD COACH: Caleb Adams

2023 OVERALL AND LEAGUE RECORD/ FINISH: 1-13-1, 0-3-0 Lakeland Conference (fourth)

2023 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Lost in D-3 pre-districts to Bridgman (2-0).

RETURNING STARTERS: Allison Fedore, sr.; Adeline Gill, jr.; Emelyn Gonzales, sr.; Vianney Gonzales-Torres, sr.; Tressa Hullinger, sr.; Ellie Knapp, sr.; Bryelle Martinez, sr.; Ariana Oakes, sr.; Jerkayla Page, jr.; Abigail Pennington, sr.; Taija Thomas, sr.; Lexi Troup, jr.; Miley Young, jr.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: No players specified.

KEY NEWCOMERS: No players specified.

REMAINING ROSTER: No list submitted.

NOTABLES/OUTLOOK/COACH’S QUOTE: While the school advanced to the Division 3 Final Four in girls basketball this past winter, the school’s girls soccer team is off to a 1-3-0 start and 0-2-0 in the Lakeland Conference, which is in its second year of conference play. Brandywine has been outscored 13-4 so far this season but has managed one shutout after not registering any in 2023. Last year was a rough season for the Bobcats, who only recorded one win, were shut out seven times and outscored 63-12 on the campaign.

 

2023 ALL-LAKELAND CONFERENCE GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

No list submitted.



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