The Press Newspaper
Seventh year Oak Harbor girls soccer coach Renee Goldstein wasn't shocked at the number of wins her team secured, and the fact that the Rockets won their second straight Sandusky Bay Conference title didn't come as a surprise.
"We did have a lot of very high expectations because our team had so much talent," Goldstein said. "We had so much depth and our girls are so smart and they had great foot skills. We played hard all year. They played their hearts out every game. We played to the level of our competition at times, but I can't rave enough about how much talent is on this Oak Harbor team. It was sad they lost, because we do have that much talent."
The Rockets finished 16-2-1 and 10-0 in the SBC - they are 20-0 in the conference's two-year existence - and they recorded nine shutouts. Their season ended in the Division II district semifinals on Oct. 27 at Genoa, when Lake handed the Rockets a 2-1 overtime loss.
Oak Harbor beat Northwood (2-1 in double OT) and Genoa (2-1) in the sectional tournament.
Senior left wing Sara Lipstraw led the Rockets with 23 goals and 14 assists this season. Lipstraw, who tied the school record with 40 goals last season, was named the SBC Player of the Year for the second straight year and was a first-team all-district selection. She finished her career with 96 goals and 40 assists.
"She had a lot of help this year," Goldstein said. "Sara is a four-year varsity letter-winner and has been tough ever since she came in. She was just solid every year. We also had two other girls who stepped up to help out this year."
"This was the first year she's played with us and she did a great job," Goldstein said. "She played in the Greater Toledo Soccer League last year and came back to high school this year. She was a tough player in the middle for us."
Junior forward Kelly Bryant had 20 goals and four assists while earning honorable mention All-SBC honors.
"Kelly has a lot of speed - she is so fast," Goldstein said. "She ran on the 4x100 relay team that went to state last year. Her speed up front on breakaways was so helpful."
Junior midfielder Dayna Setzler earned second-team all-conference honors and honorable mention all-district honors, and senior midfielder Brooke Blay was named first-team All-SBC.
"They were always solid in the middle," Goldstein said. "Brooke is probably 5-foot tall and just really tough. Throughout the tournament, I don't think she subbed out in the second half or either one of the overtimes. For midfielders, that's hard because they're running constantly. Dayna was sick in the tournament and she couldn't even talk and she was still playing."
Sophomore defender Morgan Turnow was a first-team All-SBC and honorable mention all-district pick in 2009.
"She was also one of the 4x100 relay members and this was the first year she played with us," Goldstein said. "She tore a meniscus last year and didn't play. She came back this year and was just amazing on defense."
Sophomore Keeper Chelsea Kaman, who had 67 saves, was a second-team all-conference pick, and freshman forward Amber Burnette scored 12 goals.
The Rockets graduate three other seniors in right wing Rachel Hegemeier (10 goals, 7 assists), backup keeper/left wing Katie Perry and midfielder Halley Ehler.