Girls soccer primer: Strong field in 5A; Bishop Kelly, Middleton battle in 4A

rroberts@idahostatesman.comSeptember 5, 2013 

Timberline senior Mackenzie Gussenhoven scored the game-winning goal for Timberline in last year’s 2-1 5A District Three championship victory over Boise.



2012 state champion: Lake City

2012 District Three champion: Timberline

Area teams to watch

• Boise coach Chris Siegenthaler picked up his 200th win in 14 years with the program last week, and the Braves are poised to be a top contender again with seven starters and 12 lettermen back.

• Centennial could become a postseason contender with 12 returning lettermen, including nine starters.

• Eagle returns five starters from last year’s team, which lost on penalty kicks in the third-place game at state. Although young, the Mustangs could make strides as the season progresses.

• Rocky Mountain hopes to be in contention after missing out on a state berth last season. The Grizzlies have eight starters back.

• Timberline, last year’s third-place team at state, has a strong core of eight returning starters from the top defensive team during the 2012 regular season.

Players to watch

• Boise senior forward Rikki Fix (reigning 5A SIC player of year, 18 goals), junior forward Sophia Kallas (3 goals, 6 assists), junior defender Grace Hancock (3 goals, 4 assists), sophomore midfielder Sierra Smith

• Borah senior defender Emily Bergland, junior midfielder Kaitlyn Murray, senior foward Bethany Forst

• Capital junior goalkeeper Emilie Eckhart

• Centennial junior center midfielder Lexi Lewis, freshman striker Brenna Davidson

• Eagle sophomore forward Qarli Stone and senior defender Hallie McNabb

• Meridian senior goalkeeper Dominique Banta, senior midfielder Kaydee Bevans and freshman forward Blakeslee Heidemann

• Mountain View senior midfielder Akina Fujimoto, senior midfielder Hannah Velikoff, senior forward Brenna Blaser and senior goalkeeper Sasha Holt

• Rocky Mountain junior goalkeeper Taylor Cook, senior forward Hallie Widner (12 goals, 10 assists), junior midfielder Addy Standlee (6 goals, 7 assists) and sophomore forward Raimee Sherle

• Timberline senior center back Jenna Clubb, senior midfielder Courtney Lavin, junior striker Allegra Weeks and senior midfielder Maggie Saras.

• Vallivue did not respond to the Idaho Statesman coaching survey, or return telephone calls.

Top games to watch this season

• Boise at Timberline, 6 p.m., Thursday; Boise at Rocky Mountain, 7 p.m., Tuesday; Rocky Mountain at Timberline, 6 p.m., Sept. 17; Timberline at Boise (Willow Lane), 5:30 p.m., Oct. 7.


2012 state champion: Bishop Kelly

2012 District Three champion: Bishop Kelly

Area teams to watch

• Bishop Kelly is the team to beat, having won 70 consecutive games and three straight state championships. Six starters are back.

• Caldwell has a new look under coach Craig Naylor, who comes to the Cougars after 20 years of coaching in Alaska.

• Columbia has seven returning starters, a strong team chemistry and could be a contender despite a relatively young roster.

• Kuna could move into the postseason picture if six returning lettermen and a strong group of newcomers jell quickly.

• Middleton was the only team to have a lead on BK last season, and returns six starters who move the ball well together.

Players to watch

• Bishop Kelly senior forward Mickie Piechowski (21 goals, 14 assists), senior midfielder Lizzie Thometz (19 goals, 9 assists), senior midfielder Alyssa Stewart (7 goals, 18 assists) and freshman forward Aubree Chatterton

• Caldwell junior forward Makenzie Mangun (19 goals, 3 assists), junior midfielder Kathryn Crookham (11 goals, 2 assists) and senior midfielder/defender Sami Bicandi (5 goals, 4 assists)

• Columbia sophomore midfielder Matti Fone, sophomore defender/midfielder Chloe Curry and sophomore defender Cassie Vegas

• Emmett senior striker Nohemy Sanchez (3 goals) and senior sweeper Alex Solis

• Kuna senior forward Gabby Callis, sophomore midfielder Sindey Sandburg and senior defender Jodi Lewis

• Middleton senior center midfielder Allie Brocke (4 assists), senior forward/goalkeeper Maddie Brown (14 goals, 5 assists), junior forward Terrika Nelson (30 goals, 8 assists) and senior defender Sarah Soloman (5 assists)

• Mountain Home sophomore forward Christa Lewis and freshman midfielder Madison Roche

• Nampa junior center midfielder Madison Wells, senior defender McKinzee Parish and junior midfielder Lexi Brown

• Skyview freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Shepard, sophomore midfielder Makenna Aguilar and junior goalkeeper Aubrey Orihuela.

Top games to watch this season

• Columbia at Bishop Kelly, 6:30 p.m., Monday; Middleton at Columbia, 6 p.m., Sept. 16; Middleton at Bishop Kelly, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 1.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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