PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigresses soccer team has the right returning pieces in the right places for what shapes up to be another successful run on the soccer pitch.
Leading scorer Michelle Kelly returns to lead the Tigress offense. The 2013 BCR Player of the Year scored 20 goals her junior season.
Heading up the defense on goal will be senior keeper Kelly Schmidt.
“These two mature and experienced leaders will lead our attack and defense,” PHS coach Ed Young said.
PHS will also be returning a major part of its midfield this season with senior Liz Stites, junior Maria Vitale and sophomores Eliza Young and Michaela Strom. The defensive line will be anchored by returning starter Kallie Albrecht, a junior.
“I will probably add some maturity and experience to the back line by moving an older midfield player into the defensive line,” Young said.
Another key returner is junior Keyenna Altizer, who Young looks to have a breakout season.
“She has been on varsity since a freshman and is ready to team up with Michelle and create some brilliant soccer,” Young said.
Young also has high prospects in freshmen Sarah Murray, Jenna Grimmer and Ellise Piper who will be added to the varsity team.
Rounding out the PHS squad are seniors Rachel Frank (D) and Lindsay Hartwig (GK), juniors Kim Schlesinger (M), Taylor Clark (M), Devin Scott (M), Malena Wheeler (F/M), Ellie Bonucci (M), Taylor Tieman (M) and Taylor McCauley (D).
The Tigresses will be hosting the first Princeton Soccer Invitational on April 11-12, which will be an eight-team tournament held at the Tiskilwa and Little Siberia pitches.
Overall, Young said the Tigresses have a very tough schedule with seven 2A schools and four of the seven 1A opponents having advanced to the sectional semi-finals. Young said, “We will be in every match, the toughest being Rock Island Alleman.”
Tiger tales: The Tigresses have canceled Saturday’s Blue-White Scrimmage. They are set to open the season March 22 in Tiskilwa vs. Metamora.
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