Coach: Chelsea Porter, fourth season.?
2012: 8-9, 2-4 North Central Ohio Soccer Association.
Returning letterwinners: Seniors Keely Stover (GK); Sarah Rall (F); Justeen Searfoss (D). Juniors Allison Moser (D); Abby Young (D); Linsey Elkins (MID); Jaime Calvin (F); Mallory Weininger (D). Sophomore Makenna Searls (D/GK).
Upper Sandusky girls soccer: (front, left) Alexis Mundy, Ella Koepke, Paige Shriver, Riley Stover, Keely Stover, Makenna Searls, Abigail Gerber, Grace Miller, Trudy Daughenbaugh; (middle) Katie Titlow, Kate Ritchey, Mallory Weininger, Linsey Elkins, Audrey Thomson; Allison Moser, Allison Riedlinger, Amber Hildebrand, Kayci Snow; (back) Chelsea Porter, Johnathon Searfoss, Justeen Searfoss, Sarah Rall, Maranda Stansbery, Mattea Wilson, Sierra Carey, Abby Young, Sierra Mathews, Kait Huston, Jaime Calvin, Ty Calvin, Curran McKain.
Others: Senior Maranda Stansbery (MID). Juniors Allison Riedlinger (D); Ella Koepke (F); Audrey Thomson (MID); Kait Huston (F); Sierra Mathews (F). Sophomores Alexis Mundy (F); Mattea Wilson (MID); Amber Hildebrand (D); Riley Stover (D). Freshmen Paige Shriver (MID); Kate Ritchey (D); Sierra Carey (MID); Kayci Snow (MID); Trudy Daughenbaugh (F); Abigail Gerber (D); Katie Titlow (D); Grace Miller (MID).
Outlook: Some coaches have trouble giving up the profession for family.
For Porter, come Sept. 16 or some date around there, she won't have a choice.
The coach is in her final month of pregnancy and plans on staying on the sideline as long as she's able.
"I'm a little frustrated because I was planning for a little bit later because I don't want to give up part of my season," Porter said. "I'm trying to coach up until my baby comes."
When she does go, her assistant and JV coach, Johnathon Searfoss, will take over the reins for the rest of the way.
"I can already see I'm leaving the team in really good hands and I know he'll take over and do what I could do if not more," she said. "It makes the blood pressure and stuff say low. I'm hoping if I'm feeling well, I'll be on the sidelines, cheering them on."
Until then, Porter has a team that she's quite excited about.
Calvin was only cleared to play a little more than four weeks ago after a knee injury in basketball left her sidelined for months. She'll be joined on the forward line by Sarah Rall with Grace Miller and Stansbery seeing some time up there.
If Miller isn't at forward, she'll likely be found at center midfield, flanked by Carey and Elkins. At the defensive mid, Moser returns with two letters under her belt.
Weininger, Young, Searfoss and Gerber will likely be rounding out the defense in front of senior Stover in net.
"Keely is really, really good in the goal. I don't have to worry too much about her in there," Porter said.
The team has a lot of speed and Porter said this team is loaded with quickness.
But it also has a flow.
"I'm really happy with the freshmen coming up. They're really filling the roles of some of the (graduated) seniors and some of the other girls that will be moving up on varsity. They're filling the shoes really nicely and they're a really coachable group so it's making the practices really easy," Porter said. "The flow of our team is really good this year and because of that, I think they'll play really well on the field together."
Mohawk joins the NCOSA this year and Porter expects her club to be able to hold their own with the Warriors.
"I'm just hoping we're on the higher end of the league standings this year and we can hopefully come out on top of the league and beat Van Buren and Riverdale, some of the teams that we seem to struggle with each year," Porter said. "That's kind of our goal is to beat some of the teams we can't get past (previously).
"I want to get over that hump of being 50-50 and really winning some games (this year)."