Girls soccer looks to notch victories, welcomes new faces

Benny Westcott

Sweet Home girls soccer will hope to find the back of the net and the win column this season, despite a fair amount of inexperience. The Huskies hope to improve upon their 2-10-2 record last season, including a 1-8-1 mark in league play.

Head Coach Ramiro Santana said there’s a lot of new people on the team, including six or seven girls coming out who have never played the game before.

That inexperience could prove costly in a strong Oregon West Conference. “It’s really hard for us to compete against those types of schools,” Santana said of the league opponents.

He noted a lack of speed on the Huskies. “In the long run, speed is going to be our weakest [characteristic] of all,” he said.

He said Rylee and Peyton Markell, a senior and a junior respectively, will be two key players in the midfield for Sweet Home. Santana referred to the sisters as two of the team’s strongest players.

Defender Zianna Duncan is returning as a senior for her fourth year of high school soccer. Santana called her a “really strong defender.” But the position group is one the coach sees holes in. He said he expects the team to struggle on defense, yet he doesn’t know yet exactly how it will shape up.

“I don’t know what to expect, because everyone that came out who we’re looking at doesn’t have much experience,” he said.

Potential goalkeepers on the roster include senior Kallie Maas, junior Kirsten Sautel, and freshman Lyndie Birkett.

The roster is rounded out with senior Riley Watkins, juniors Samantha Pineda-Villa, Amelia Sullens, Beatrice Reeve, Zoe Garret and Emerson Martineau, sophomores Anabelle Morris and Danielle Robertson, and freshmen Katelyn Kennedy, Khloe Wood, Raylynn Meyers and Lillian Miser.

After Jill Wilson stepped down from the assistant coach role after last season, the program welcomes Keith Sautel and Kelsey Walker as assistants this year.