Bemidji HS girls soccer opens season with Little Falls, WHA
The Bemidji girls soccer team kicks off its third decade today traveling to Little Falls for a 4 p.m. game against the Flyers.
It will be followed by the boys-Little Falls clash at 6.
Kelly Schoonover returns for her fifth season at the helm showing a 30-37-8 mark in her first four years.
Bemidji is coming off a 6-11-2 campaign last fall though outscored only 37-29.
It may be the first time Bemidji and the Flyers have clashed on the soccer field. While Little Falls' boys play in Section 8, its girls team is not in the section.
Tomorrow the team opens its home season at 1 against Walker in a Lakes to Prairie Conference clash.
That date has been shortened to a single game with the Wolves unable to field a B unit this season.
Bemidji blanked the Wolves 5-0 in their lone meeting last year, holding them to one shot on goal.
Schoonover will be aided this season by former player Kendra Wang while Kris Hammitt, will be back to coach the JV for the second season. She was varsity mentor for nine years from 1996-2004 with Schoonover one of her players.
Bemidji graduated eight seniors last year but returns eight others, losing Bailey Drewes to cross country this year.
Back are seniors Bronwyn Boyd, Ann Swartz and Nicole Ramos, who will serve as captains, plus Olivia Hruby, juniors Brianna Glynn and Andrea Hanson, soph Caitlin Blotske and freshman Erin Booth.
Completing the varsity will be seniors Karissa Barthorpe, Megan Chmielewski and Emily Larson, juniors Paige Niskanen, Alexa Wang and Brit Kiser, sophs Kiah Hartung, Ingrid Dahler-Seter and Kelsey Merck and freshman Josie Spry.
Another 13 will play for Hammitt with two or three varsity players likely to go both ways.
Improving the scoring punch will be the biggest task, with no player reaching 10 points last year. Tops among the returnees is Hanson with eight.
One of the top Bemidji weapons will be goalie Nicole Ramos, beginning her third season in the net.
She finished with 186 saves last fall allowing only 37 goals.
She allowed more than two goals only five times last year while posting four shutouts and two one goal games, all wins.
Eight other foes scored only twice.
Amazingly Bemidji finished 0-6-2 in those eight games, the difference between a winning and losing year.
Ramos will be fronted by Swartz, Hruby, Hartung and Dehler-Seter on defense.
Boyd, Blotske and Merck will be at midfield with Hanson, Booth and Spry up front.