Philipsburg-Osceola girls soccer returns five letterwinners for 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
PHILIPSBURG - It's never easy when you lose the best player of the past few seasons, not to mention an all-state selection and a 50-goal scorer in a high school career.
But that is what the Philipsburg-Osceola girls soccer team will have to deal with this season as it lost two-year captain Jordyn Powell to graduation.
Still, Lady Mountie head coach Kristina McKenna, who returns for her third season, is optimistic about her 15-player roster, which features five letterwinners. The squad has no seniors after P-O lost nine from the team that was 7-9 a year ago.
"They're all hard workers. They're all natural athletes," said McKenna. "The practices that we've had have been pretty successful. They've grown stronger in the three weeks that we've been together. I'm interested to see what the season holds for them."
McKenna is hoping Cheyanne Cowfer will be able to account for some of the goals, as more than half of the scoring came from Powell last season. Cowfer will play in the midfield this season and serve as one of the captains for the Lady Mounties.
"She's got a fabulous touch," said McKenna of Cowfer. "She's an intelligent player. She's an excellent leader in the middle of the field. I think she'll do fine."
P-O will also look to Makenzie Myers as one of the team's captains this season, as she will be the goalkeeper. Myers will replace one of the nine seniors who graduated last year in Carley Hahn, who was the Lady Mountie's starting keeper for the last two seasons.
"She's good in goal," said McKenna of Myers. "She has good reflexes and she's a very smart player. As far as her being able to look at the field and direct some of our younger players, she's going to be a very valuable asset back there."
Cowfer and Myers join junior Jordan Bertothy and sophomores Maggie Peck and Lydia Shively as the squad's letterwinners. Bertothy and Cowfer will play in the midfield, while Peck will be a defender and Shively a striker.
The Lady Mounties also picked up four newcomers to the team in juniors Olivia Franchock, Celena Garcia and Abigail Slogosky along with sophomore Emily Miller. All are expected to contribute this season.
The lineup is not set in stone as of now, but McKenna said it is likely that all 15 players will receive playing time in nearly every contest.
"We've got to stay healthy, heart, mind and body," she said. "They've been working on that already. They've been conditioning very well."
With the young roster that includes six freshmen, the Lady Mounties kept their goals rather simple this year and didn't set a number on wins and losses.
"We want to have a good season. We want to rebuild this year and create an awesome foundation," said McKenna. "We've brought a good group of new girls this year, freshmen and newcomers. It's going to be the beginning of some really fabulous seasons to come."
McKenna will be assisted this year by Leslie Long.
The Lady Mounties will open the season on Sept. 2 against Tyrone at Curtis Park.
*Jordan Bertothy, *Cheyanne Cowfer, Olivia Franchock, Celena Garcia, *Makenzie Myers, Abigail Slogosky.
Emily Miller, *Maggie Peck, *Lydia Shively.
Jayde Burge, Jordan Day, Loryn Hughes, Kyra James, Keara Krause, Angelina Rega.
*Denotes returning letterwinners
2-Tyrone; 4-at Bald Eagle Area, 7 p.m.; 8-Penns Valley; 10-at Bellefonte; 16-at Central; 18-Huntingdon; 20-at Moshannon Valley, 10 a.m.; 22-at Clearfield, 6 p.m.; 24-at Tyrone; 29-at West Branch; 30-Bald Eagle Area.
2-at Penns Valley, 7 p.m.; 6-Bellefonte; 8-Central, 7 p.m.; 14-at Huntingdon, 6:30 p.m.; 16-Clearfield.
All games begin at 4 p.m. unless noted.