The Hillsboro varsity girls soccer team had a very successful season last year, making it to the state quarterfinals where they were stopped by eventual state champion, Rockwood Summit. This year, head coach Chris Schacht says it’s important to take things game-by-game.
“My only expectations are to improve as the season goes along,” he says. “It may sound cliche, but it’s the God’s honest truth. We had a nice season last year going to the state quarterfinals, and I do not want the girls to be complacent with that.”
The Hawks will field a very experienced team this season, and that experience should prove very valuable as the campaign progresses. “The strength of this team is that we have 13 seniors on the roster, with many of them playing the bulk of their years at the varsity level,” Schacht admits. The experience is there, but like I stated earlier, I do not want that complacency to set in. The work in progress is working the younger girls into the mix and getting them used to playing with each other, since most have not played with the senior class before.”
A few players the youngsters should be able to model themselves after include some that have acquired quite a few accolades in the past. One happens to have the same last name as the head coach. Abby Schacht was a second team all-state performer as a sophomore, and then made the first team last season as a junior. She scored 31 goals, which was a single a season record, and added 13 assists last season. “She scored some big goals for us,” said Coach Schacht. “She’s probably a better playmaker than a goal scorer, but she was able to assume that role last year. She has a chance to break both the goal scoring and assist records this season. Another player that Schacht expects big things from includes Bre Sebaugh. She was named honorable mention all conference last season after a 13 goal, 13 assist performance. “She is a player with good speed and aggressiveness going towards the goal,” Schacht notes. “If she can equal her output from last season, she will finish her career as our fifth all time leading scorer and fourth in career assists.”
Schacht also points out two other players who will be looked upon to provide some good leadership this season. “Raechel Hamilton(honorable mention all-state as a junior) and Lauren Pickett (honorable mention all state as a sophomore) do not put up big numbers offensively, but compliment each other on the back line very well,” says Coach Schacht. “They both are experienced and bring a distinct edginess to the team, which other players will feed off.”
Schacht notes that improving on last season’s 18-11 record will be a test against this year’s difficult schedule. “Our schedule is usually pretty tough with the conference we play in. We added Webster Groves, which is always in the mix when talking top teams in the state. St. Vincent won the Class 1 state championship last year. Northwest is always a tough match up, and playing in the Parkway Showcase in late March is always challenging.”
Tonight Hillsboro will entertain Pacific and Seckman in a jamboree at home. Play will begin at 5:00 p.m. as Hillsboro will take on Pacific. Seckman and Pacific will play each other at 5:45 p.m., and then the Hawks and Seckman will close out the event at 6:30 p.m. Schacht expects to roll out the following starting lineup: GK MacKenzie Baker; Backs: Lauren Kuehn, Raechel Hamilton, Lauren Pickett, Jensen Knudtson; Mids: Hannah Vaughn, Mollie Dulle, Abby Schacht; Fwds: Payton Kuehn, Colleen Theiss, Bre Sebaugh.
For a look at the Hawks schedule this season, click this link: 18-19 Hillsboro Girls Soccer