Young Pinewood Prep soccer squad off to great start
By David Shelton
Summerville - After losing 10 seniors from last year’s team, and fielding a very young team in 2017, the Pinewood Prep varsity girls’ soccer team has had a good start to their season.
Coach Gail Osborne has watched her team win eight of their first 10 games, including a 3-0 start in SCISA region 3-AAA.
The region wins have come twice against Northwood Academy and against Ashley Hall with Pinewood picking up the key win against Ashley Hall on the road, 3-1.
Other key wins this season have included Stratford, Goose Creek, Oceanside Collegiate Academy and Beaufort Academy. Pinewood’s only two loses came against AAAA schools Cane Bay and Berkeley with both losses by one goal.
Captains Grace Powell and Hannah Rodgers are leading the way for the team with Powell, a key contributor in midfield, having scored 14 goals. Rodgers is doing well after coming back from an ACL tear last year and is starting to find her groove.
Sophomore Haley Welch missed most of last season with a concussion and has really stepped up this year, scoring 15 goals in 10 games. Junior Anna King, who is new to the sport, has taken on the huge task of goal keeper. Osborne says King is improving every game and has posted five shutouts.
Freshman Jordan Hardy is proving to be a nice addition at midfield. Pinewood also has three eighth-graders starting in every game.
“We are an extremely young team and we have low numbers so considering what we have already accomplished, this season is something the team should be very proud of,” Osborne said. “We juggle members of our team who still have club commitments and who play other sports so it is all about finding the right balance. We picked up a huge region win against Ashley Hall and we are looking to make a run deep into the play-offs.”
Rounding out the 2017 roster are junior Blanca Villa-Guijo; sophomores Haley Baker, Abby Martichenko, and Meaghan Veale; freshmen Mackenzie McKinney and Perry Strickland; and eighth-graders Sara Burns Gibson, Kailie Greer, Karen Russi and McKenna Zielke.
Pinewood Prep’s stiffest competition in region play will be state title contender Porter-Gaud. The two teams meet on April 4th and April 20th.
Baechtle wins 400th
Pinewood Prep golf coach Greg Baechtle recently recorded his 400th career coaching victory at the school. Baechtle is now 401-146 in 17 seasons as the girls’ and boys’ golf coach. He has guided the program to nine state championships.
Pinewood Prep’s top five golfers this spring include Andrew Kaslick, Casey Brabham, Lexi Luccarelli, Jake Reaves and Ben Siegel.