Sherwood has both a new coach and many new players

by: DAN BROOD - SCORING THREAT -- Sherwood junior Sarah Garoutte (left), shown here in last year's Class 5A state championship game, should bring plenty of firepower to the Lady Bowmen front line. SHERWOOD — The Lady Bowmen have a new coach.

And they also have a bunch of new players on the roster.

But they hope that one thing stays the same — that they work hard to keep the program’s tradition going strong.

The new-look Sherwood High School girls soccer team will be looking to keep its winning ways going strong in the 2013 season.

“Being a new soccer coach in this league, I am uncertain of how we will compare to other teams,” new Sherwood coach Katie Hartman said. “My hope is that the team will be competitive and hardworking in order to maintain the legacy that the former squad developed.”

Hartman is taking over the Lady Bowmen post from Bill Brown, who retired from the helm following the 2012 season, his 21st at Sherwood.

Last year’s senior-laden Lady Bowmen squad went 14-2-2 on the season and reached the Class 5A state championship match, where it fell to Summit.

Sherwood doesn’t have an abundance of players back from last year’s squad, but the team does have a standout returnee in junior forward Sarah Garoutte.

Last year, Garoutte earned first-team All-Northwest Oregon Conference honors and she was a second-team Class 5A All-State selection.

“Sarah Garoutte is dangerous around the net and is a skilled playmaker,” Hartman said.

Sherwood has another key returnee in senior outside midfielder Emily Harris, who was an honorable mention all-conference pick last year.

Other senior returnees include forward Courtney Wunnicke and defender Kai Morgan.

“Courtney Wunnicke, Emily Harris and Kai Morgan provide exceptional senior leadership through their work ethic and encouragement,” Hartman said.

Joining Morgan in the defense will be sophomore returnee Taylor Cole.

“Taylor Cole is a hard worker and vocal leader,” Hartman said. “Look for her to organize the defense and be the backbone.”

Other returnees for the Sherwood girls include junior center midfielder Sydney Strohmaier and sophomore forward Ali Schwarm.

“Sydney Strohmaier and Ali Schwarm are silent leaders who have great vision of the field and the ability to find the open player,” Hartman said. “We also have some freshmen we are excited about and look forward to see how they will compete in league.”

Among the newcomers to the Lady Bowmen varsity are senior outside midfielder/forward Mckenzie Cottle, senior outside midfielder Jessica Wellnet, junior defender Kiley Gersch, junior defender Abby Muller, junior outside midfielder Emily Johansen, freshman forward Lindsay Howard, freshman forward Kaillen Fried, freshman center midfielder Cameron Greene, freshman center midfielder Kennedy Clay, freshman outside midfielder Rita Lang and freshman goalkeeper Madison Reimer.

Now, Sherwood is hoping everything adds up to a potent squad that also develops some team chemistry.

“Attacking and finishing,” Hartman said in regard to what may be the strength of the team. “The question mark is figuring out how to play together and gel as a unit on the field, due to the graduation of many starters, seniors and key players from last year’s team.”

Hartman comes to Sherwood with an extensive playing and coaching background. She played soccer and basketball at Sprague High School and then went on to play both sports at Willamette University, from 1996-2000. Hartman, a forward, earned women’s soccer All-American honors in 2000.

She coached soccer in the Cascade Futbol Club for four years, she was an assistant coach at Willamette University for two years, she was head coach at West Salem High School for three years and an assistant coach at Westview High School for two year.

The Lady Bowmen opened their 2013 season with a 2-1 setback to Summit in a championship game rematch played Tuesday at Sherwood High School. The team will be back in action Tuesday when it plays at Corvallis in a non-league match starting at 6 p.m.

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