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Tom Mix, Published April 15 2013

Metro high school girl soccer preview capsules

Fargo Davies

Coach: Nick Christianson (3rd year)

Last year’s record: 16-4-1, 11-2-1 Eastern Dakota Conference (Fifth place at state tournament)

Who’s gone: Saddie Hayes, D; Taylor Bertsch, D; Katie Klingman, M; Amy Stompro M

Who’s back: Lauren Orson, Sr., GK; Carly Bertsch, Sr., M; Paige McCullough, Sr., F; Greta Zola, Sr., D; Emily Wendorff, Sr., F; Natalia Nice, Jr., M; Kenzie Carlson, Jr., F; Kayla Dostal, Jr., M

Coach’s comments: “We have a great group of returners that are talented,” Christianson said. “They have been making a lot of big strides over the first two seasons that we have had a program. We’ve made the state tournament the last two seasons and this year we want to challenge for that championship.”

Fargo North

Coach: Cordell Sinding (18th year)

Last year’s record: 10-8-3, 8-5-1 EDC (Sixth place at state tournament)

Who’s gone: Olivia Shockman, D; McKinsey Heiser, D; Shantel Johnson, M

Who’s back: Alyssa Gross, Jr., M; Kim Muellenberg, Jr., M; Emma Bergeron, Jr., F; Abby Astrup, Sr., D; Carley LeDoux, Sr., D; Kelsie Schmiess, Jr., GK

Coach’s comments: “On the offensive side of the ball we are going to have more success than we did last season,” Sinding said. “Last year, we were a young team and it took us awhile to get going offensively. We are more mature this year and we should be able to build off of the end of last season.

“Defensively we have to fill some big shoes,” Sinding added. “But once we get that figured out we should be contending with the top teams in the EDC.”

Fargo South

Coach: Michael Breker (6th year)

Last year’s record: 6-11-1, 4-9-1 EDC

Who’s gone: Lexi Maucort, F; Lauren Tupa, M; Katie Zeltinger, M; Anna Foss D

Who’s back: Emily O’Meara, Sr., M; Nevada Wilson, Sr., D; Mickenze Lehman, Jr., GK; Allyson Friedt, Jr., F; Kara Tupa, Jr., D; Heidi Moore, Jr., M

Coach’s comments: “We have a high number of juniors and seniors on the team,” Breker said. “We should have good leadership on the team and our upperclassmen will definitely be carrying us this year. Our attacking talent will be strong, but we’ll have to build some defense around it.”

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Fargo Oak Grove

Coach: Kevin Roos (10th year)

Last year’s record: 18-0-2, 14-0-0 EDC (State champions)

Who’s gone: Elizabeth Bitzan, GK; Hannah Saville, D; Kelsey Kanwischer, M; Haley Greving, F

Who’s back: Anna Reinholz, Jr., F; Sydney Dauenhauer, Sr., M; Nicole Freeberg, Sr., M; Rachel Osmundson, Jr., M; Carly Mickelson, Sr., D; Amy Freeberg, Sr., D; Julia Jordan, Jr., D; Kara Syvrud, Sr., F; Anna Triller, Fr., M; Jenna Zaeske, Jr., GK

Coach’s comments: “Obviously, we lost some talent losing four all-conference players to graduation,” Roos said. “We have girls that have been training really hard in the offseason and are up for the challenge. We know it is going to be much tougher than last year and I think we are going to approach the season game by game.”

West Fargo

Coach: James Moe (3rd year)

Last year’s record: 8-8-2, 7-7-0 EDC

Who’s gone: Lauren Johnson, M; Erin Krogh, M; Ally Krogh, M

Who’s back: Amy Archibald, Sr., GK; Alyssa Stedman, Sr., D; Emily Hartwig, Sr., D; Haley Walsh, Sr., M; Mara Lopez, Sr., M; Cailey Sauvageau, Sr., M

Coach’s comments: “I’m excited to see what happens this season,” Moe said. “We have a lot of players returning so we’ll have high expectations. We missed state by one game last year and we are determined to not let that happen again. There are many great teams in the EDC this spring, but we feel we are one of them.”