Huskies ready to vie for conference crown
Soccer season in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference is soon to begin, and that situation applies to Highland High School as much as any other team in the conference.
While the size of the Husky team is typical for the conference at 27 players, it’s one of just four of the conference’s 20 teams that is co-ed.
The four girls on this year’s roster, Nancy Rios, Madison Klebe, Janne Toener and Cheyanne Adamson, compose the biggest group of girls on a team the program has ever seen.
Toener brings an international flair to the team as she is a German foreign-exchange student.
Last season Highland went 6-9 overall, which was a game better than the previous year and an immense improvement over the season two years prior in which the Huskies went 0-9. This year Highland returns all but three members of last season’s team and has added some new faces.
Senior Colin Sexton will be back in goal for the Huskies this season. Last season he made 162 saves and had a save percentage that he hopes to build on of .775. Highland also returns its leading scorer from last season, junior Bryan Garcia. Garcia finished his sophomore year with 26 points, scoring 15 goals.
Lynn Liedle is in his seventh year as the head coach of the Huskies.
“We’re pretty set on our spots because we have so many kids that came back out. I think we’re pretty good on our depth all over the field as well. We’ll be playing the same teams that we usually do except Mediapolis, who just started soccer this year. I expect our defense to be solid all-around. Bryan [Garcia] and Josh [Brase] will be the two guys we will be looking to score the most. I think our wings and mid-field will be good this year as well,” Liedle said.
The Huskies open their season on Thursday, April 3 at home against conference opponent Columbus Community. They will then host the Iowa Mennonite School on April 8 and Wapello on April 10. A string of four consecutive home games starts on April 17 against Mediapolis and concludes with a non-conference match against Mid-Prairie on April 28. The last home match of the season will be a re-match with the Wildcats on May 1.
With the experience that the veterans bring and the energy that the newcomers will bring, Highland is set to compete for a SEISC conference championship in 2014.