Team: Mayer Lutheran girls’ soccer
Coach: Stefan Wismar
Assistant coach: Brian Barnes
Section: 6A – Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Breck, Chaska, Delano, Holy Family, Mound-Westonka, Orono, Providence, Rockford, Southwest Christian, Watertown-Mayer, Waconia, West Lutheran, & ISM.
Captains: Terrin Boozikee, Allie Erdmann, and Liz Laurent
2011 finish: 2011 was the closest to a winning season the Crusaders have ever been, finishing with a 3-9-2 record. Things were looking bright at the beginning of the season when the Crusaders started out 2-0, collecting victories over Spectrum and the International School of Minnesota. They also defeated Bethany Academy in early September. The two tied games were against Watertown-Mayer (1-1 on Sept. 13) and Hutchinson (2-2 on Sept. 22), splitting a string of seven losses.
In those two ties, Wismar said the team stuck with it and narrowly missed out on victories.
“We had some really good overtimes strikes on goal,” he said.
The season ended Oct. 11 in a 10-0 shutout at Providence Academy in the first round of Section 6A play.
Key returnees: After missing half of last season to a torn ACL, senior Terrin Boozikee returns to the field for LHS. Center forward Belle Flucas also returns for the Crusaders, after a successful freshman season in 2011. Senior Miriam Wilson will be this season’s starting goalie, after getting good time in the net last year.
Teams to beat: Competing as an independent without a conference, the Crusaders are playing an open schedule, while includes games against many section competitors. Wismar said the team judges its level of improvement based on its performance against Rockford each season.
“It shows we’re moving in the right direction,” he said.
Goals: Wismar has two goals for the team in 2012. The first, to lead the Crusaders to their first winning season. The second is to get past the first round of section play. Wismar said the two goals go together. If the team can have a winning season, they earn a higher seed and will therefore have a more evenly-matched first round.
First games: The Crusaders kicked off their season last week at the Delano tournament. They won their first game, a 3-1 contest against section opponent West Lutheran and lost 9-0 to Delano.