“Ashley scored quite a few goals last year, so she’ll be back in that striker role, maybe in the outside defender role as well,” Reiff said.
Abby Geer and Mallory Rowe are two veteran outside midfielders.
“Mallory does a nice job at left outside mid. She’s a rare kid with the left foot and does that very well,” Reiff said.
Bailey Graham returns as one of the team’s top defenders. As does Haley Riemenschneider, another veteran defender back on the pitch for the Berries.
“She’s a tremendous player back there. She epitomizes the saying ‘great things come in small packages.’ She’s not very big but she’s a force to be reckoned with,” Reiff said.
Junior Sydney Thompson is also going to be counted on in the Berries’ backfield this season. Reiff said he plans to move her, Graham and Riemenschneider around to find the best defensive setup he can.
Sam Kain and Mariana Figueroa are in the mix at defensive roles.
The starting goalkeeper looks to be Karli Armstrong after the departure of Elaine Evanich.
“That’s a huge hole to fill,” Reiff said. “Elaine was tall and did a great job in goal. Karli has done a good job working hard during two-a-days. The boys coach, Mike Turner, runs that and has a lot of expertise at that position. Sydney Thompson will be her backup.
“We’re still working on who will be that other striker for us and who will be our outside defenders.”
Last year the Berries went 7-8-1 and lost to Kokomo 3-0 in a sectional game they allowed three goals in a six-minute span midway through the first half.
But Reiff is hoping his squad can pick up where it left off from the game at New Castle last year when the Berries scored three goals in a win after the Trojans entered having giving up just two the entire season.
“That was a great win at the end of the season,” Reiff said.
“We’ve got a great group of kids. The chemistry on the team has been great. We’ve had a lot of fun and we had a great two-a-days. I’m really looking forward to exciting things.”
Beau Wicker is the sports editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.