The Park Center CI-adapted soccer team may be short on numbers, but not on quality. Despite losing four of the team’s top players to graduation, the 2012 team has several outstanding newcomers and expects to be in the hunt for a conference title and improve on its third-place finish at state in 2011.
Returning starters include senior center Augie Wodrich and defenseman Lavelle Riser-Blackman, and junior defender Tasha Feigh. Other returning players include junior Austin Rohach, and sophomores Alex Kreidler and Megan Thompson. Wodrich and Riser-Blackman are the team’s captains this season.
Newcomers Kevin Hofer and Aaron Clark will anchor a powerful and high scoring first line. Other new players that will see time include Paige Faber, Jason Robins, and Tyler Jensen.
Wodrich led the team last season with 42 goals and 38 assists and is on pace to join the 100-goal club later this month. Feigh has moved to center defense and showed why her nickname is the bull-dozer in the team’s first game. Thompson and Hofer will split time in net as coaches work to determine which player combinations work best.
The Pirates beat North Suburban 11-6 in the season opener Oct. 1. Wodrich scored the first goal 45-seconds in and the team never looked back. He led all scorers with seven goals and two assists. Hofer scored two goals and four assists in the first half.
In the second half Hofer stepped into net and stopped 19/22 shots. Clark notched four assists in his first varsity game, Feigh and Riser-Blackman also had two assists apiece. Thompson started the game in net for the Pirates and stopped 18/21 shots. When she returned to the floor in the second half, she scored twice and added an assist.
“The game was very physical and fast paced,” said PC coach Kelli Waalk-Gilbertson. “The game was much closer than the score indicated.”
The Pirates next visit Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mounds Westonka Oct. 11.