Sherwood, moving up to 6A, has strong group of returnees

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - ALL-STATE PLAYER -- Sherwood's Taylor Cole (1) earned Class 5A first-team all-state honors last year as a sophomore. Cole is one of the top returnees for the Lady Bowmen as they jump to Class 6A this year. SHERWOOD — No question, it’s going to be a challenge.

But, the Sherwood High School girls soccer team seems to be ready to battle to face that challenge.

The Lady Bowmen, jumping up from Class 5A to the Class 6A Three Rivers League, are looking to make some noise in their first season playing in the highest classification in the state.

“We hope to be competitive and challenge some of the top teams in our league, as it is one of the most competitive in the state,” second-year Sherwood coach Katie Hartman said.

The Lady Bowmen, as they eye that challenge, look to have a strong group of returnees from last year’s team that finished in a tie for second place in the Northwest Oregon Conference standings at 5-1-1 while going 10-3-2 on the season.

Among those returnees is junior defender Taylor Cole, who was a Class 5A first-team All-State selection and a first-team All-Northwest Oregon Conference pick last year, and junior midfielder Ali Schwarm, who also earned first-team all-conference honors a year ago.

“Taylor Cole is a rock on defense,” Hartman said. “She’s a tenacious and talented defender. Ali Schwarm is a very effective playmaker and she sees the field well.”

The Lady Bowmen have three other returnees, sophomore forward Kailen Fried, sophomore midfielder Cameron Greene and sophomore goalkeeper Madison Reimer, who each were honorable-mention all-conference picks last year.

Fried should team up with fellow forwards Sarah Garoutte, a senior returnee, and Lindsay Howard, a sophomore returnee, to give the Lady Bowmen a potent offensive attack.

“They are talented scorers and have the ability to to find the back of the net,” Hartman said.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - SCORING THREAT -- Sophomore Kailen Fried, shown here during her freshman season, will be part of the Lady Bowmen's powerful front line.Garoutte, who was a key player for the Sherwood team that won the 2012 Class 5A state title, and Howard had their seasons shorted by injury last year.

Two other returnees, senior defender Abby Muller and senior midfielder Sydney Strohmaier, could also play key roles this year.

“They display unfailing leadership and have stepped up and will continue to do so as the season gets underway,” Hartman said.

Other varsity returnees for the Lady Bowmen include junior forward Sofia Fangon, sophomore midfielder Rita Lang and sophomore defender Kennedy Clay.

Among the newcomers to the Sherwood varsity roster are sophomore midfielder Daria Brandt, sophomore midfielder Emma Smith, junior defender Peyton Rueter, junior midfielder Bailey Holloway, senior midfielder Erin Macaulay, senior defender Andee Woidyla and junior goalkeeper Whitney LaVine.

“Our strength is that we have great veteran leadership,” Hartman said of this year’s Sherwood squad. “Our biggest question mark is the jump from 5A to 6A. Our league is really tough and has the returning state champion (Tualatin). It is a jump up this year, so it is a bit of an unknown for us. Our expectations are that we hope to be competitive and confident in every game and strive to finish the season so that we are positioned well for the playoffs.”

The Lady Bowmen will open their season Saturday when they play at a jamboree at Southridge High School starting at 12:30 p.m. Sherwood returns to Southridge Tuesday to face the Skyhawks in a non-league match starting at 7:30 p.m.

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