Local Sports Journal

The team is young, but the goals are high for the Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team.

Second-year coach David Hulings has just three seniors, which could lead to some matchup issues against more experienced teams.

“Last year, we set the bar quite high and it will be tough to repeat a semifinal appearance again,” Hulings said. “We do, however, have some great returning players to join these three seniors.”

Senior leadership will be provided by Julie Merz, Courtne Stuck and Alli Langeland.

Juniors expected to make significant contributions include Mykayla Dennison, KatieSouth and Sarah Hughes. Sophomore Alexys Riksen is coming off a solid freshman season. Classmates Alyssa Wright and goalkeeper Lindsey Johnson also return from a year ago.

Hulings is also looking at a trio of newcomers in sophomore transfer Emma Rudd along with freshmen Jessica Kinnucan and Mikaela Erickson.

“The question will soon be answered if that (semifinal berth) was a fluke or if we are a legitimate team to make a run in Division 4,” Hulings said. “It should be an exciting season.”