Girls Soccer Team Has 5 Freshman Starters

The BHS girls soccer team runs laps at practice on March 23 at Norm West Park. There are 19 students on the team. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
The BHS girls soccer team runs laps at practice on March 25 at Norm West Park. There are 19 students on the team. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Eagles defending 4th league title in 6 years

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Brentwood High School’s freshman girls made a big impact on the varsity volleyball and basketball teams this year. Though ninth graders seldom get much playing time in those sports at BHS, three of them did in volleyball and two in basketball.

And now it appears that what the class of 2019 really loves is soccer. Nine of them have come out for the sport and five have already earned starting positions. In the first game, a 4-1 victory over Valley Park on March 24, Elle Curran scored and goalkeeper Logan Darrow made 12 saves. Also in starting positions are their freshman classmates Maggie Callihan, Madelyn Dorenbusch and Meghan Haug.

“There are a lot of them and they’ve played a lot of CYC together,” said 15-year BHS head coach Cory Grage. “I think they won city-county as a group. So they’re not necessarily club players but they played a pretty high level of CYC soccer.”

Brentwood head coach Cory Grage (center) and assistants Brian Wildgrube (left) and Rob Doebber.
Brentwood head coach Cory Grage (center) and assistants Brian Wildgrube (left) and Rob Doebber.

The freshmen bolster a strong but hungry Brentwood program. Strong because in 2015 they won 10 of 15 games and were conference champs for the fourth time in six years. Hungry because they haven’t won the post-season district tournament in more than five years. Last year they were expected to reach the district title game but were upset 6-1 by Maplewood-Richmond Heights in the semifinals.

The Eagles’ most experienced position is forward, where Abby Harper and Kate Gilmore return to make their mark, this time as seniors. Harper sent a message by scoring two goals in the opener. Gilmore is a natural leader.

Senior forward Abby Harper.
Senior forward Abby Harper.
Senior forward Kate Gilmore.
Senior forward Kate Gilmore.

Behind the forwards are two young but dangerous midfielders. Center mid Amanda Ingersoll was one of the team’s top scorers last year as a freshman. In a game with Hancock she got three goals in one half of play. Freshman Elle Curran scored in her first varsity game. She’s on the left side and left-footed, something defenders don’t see often.

“It’s nice having a true left-footed player,” said Grage.

Sophomore inside midfielder Amanda Ingersoll.
Sophomore inside midfielder Amanda Ingersoll.
Freshman outside midfielder Elle Curran.
Freshman outside midfielder Elle Curran.

Returning to play right midfield is junior Mishal Azeem. Freshman Madelyn Dorenbusch joins Ingersoll in the middle.

“Maddy is just a fantastic athlete so she’s great at center midfield,” said Grage.

Sophomore outside midfielder Mishal Azeem against Lutheran St. Charles last season.
Sophomore outside midfielder Mishal Azeem against Lutheran St. Charles last season.
Freshman inside midfielder Madelyn Dorenbusch.
Freshman inside midfielder Madelyn Dorenbusch.

Of the five players on Brentwood’s defense, only two were starters last year: senior Torri Brotherton at left defender and junior Aileen Frazier at sweeper. They were key to a team that surrendered more than three goals only twice in 15 games.

Senior defender Torri Brotherton.
Senior defender Torri Brotherton.
Junior sweeper Aileen Frazier.
Junior sweeper Aileen Frazier.

Maggie Callihan is in an elite club: a freshman who has started in three sports. Grage talks as if she’ll be at least as good in soccer as she’s been in volleyball and basketball.

“Maggie is going to be a fantastic stopper,” said Grage. “She’s a brick wall and just a smart player.”

Freshman stopper Maggie Callihan.
Freshman stopper Maggie Callihan.

Freshman Meghan Haug was sent in to play right defender against Valley Park and quickly earned the starting position.

Yet another freshman, Logan Darrow, is the new goalkeeper. She played the position in CYC.

“She did a fantastic job yesterday against Valley Park,” said Grage. “She was aggressive coming out of the box and just gobbled everything up that came in.”

Freshman defender Meghan Haug.
Freshman defender Meghan Haug.
Freshman goalkeeper Logan Darrow laughs at a comment from Amanda Ingersoll.
Freshman goalkeeper Logan Darrow laughs at a comment from Amanda Ingersoll.

March 24: 4-1 win over Valley Park (1-1)
Brentwood: Harper, 2 goals, 1 assist; Ingersoll, 1 goal, 1 assist; Curran, 1 goal; Darrow, winning GK, 12 saves. Valley Park: Izzy Iven, 1 goal; Abbie Farless, 1 assist; Alyssa Haines, losing GK, 18 saves. Grage: “They played at a lot higher level than I was expecting. It was good to see the way they moved the ball. We’ve got some simple things to work out but I’m excited.”

Cory Grage explains a practice drill to (from left) Elle Curran, Maggie Callihan, senior Megan Shipley and freshman Rachel Walthall.
Cory Grage explains a practice drill to (from left) Elle Curran, Maggie Callihan, senior Megan Shipley and freshman Rachel Walthall.

Brentwood’s 2016 record: 1-0
March 24: 4-1 win at Valley Park
March 29: host Lift for Life, 4 p.m.
March 31: at Confluence, 4 p.m.
April 1: host Orchard Farm, 4:30 p.m.
April 4: at Bayless, 4 p.m.
April 6: vs. Metro at Gateway Middle School, 4 p.m.
April 7: vs. Gateway STEM at Midwest Soccer Academy, 4 p.m.
April 11: host Crossroads, 6 p.m.
April 12: at Hancock, 4 p.m.
April 19: host Valley Park, 6 p.m.
April 25: at O’Fallon Christian, 5:30 p.m.
April 26: vs. Crossroads at Midwest Soccer Academy, 4 p.m.
April 28: host Hancock, 6 p.m.
April 29: at McCluer North, 4 p.m.
May 2: host Riverview Gardens, 4:15 p.m.
May 3: host Bayless, 6 p.m.
May 5: at University City, 4 p.m.
May 11: at Hillsboro, 5:30 p.m.
TBA: Class 1 District 2 playoffs vs. Principia, MRH, Valley Park, Cleveland

Junior Emma Lochmoeller.
Junior Emma Lochmoeller.

Brentwood’s final 2015 record:
10-5 overall, 7-1 in league
April 2: lost 3-2 vs. Tower Grove Christian
April 6: won 3-1 vs. Bayless
April 13: won 5-1 at Crossroads
April 15: won 2-0 vs. Metro
April 21: won 3-1 at Valley Park
April 23: won 9-2 vs. Hancock
April 27: lost 9-0 vs. Christian O’Fallon
April 28: lost 1-0 vs. Crossroads
May 4: won 4-1 at Riverview Gardens
May 5: won 2-0 at Bayless
May 7: won 4-1 vs. University City
May 8: won 5-1 vs. Valley Park
May 11: won 5-0 at Hancock
May 13: lost 1-0 vs. Hillsboro
May 18: lost 6-1 vs. MRH at Principia

Sophomore midfielder Gabby Gombas.
Sophomore midfielder Gabby Gombas.

South Central AA Conference
2015 final standings
Brentwood 7-1
Crossroads 6-2
Valley Park 4-4
Bayless 3-5
Hancock 0-8

Sophomore Emma Stoverink.
Sophomore Emma Stoverink.

BHS 2016 girls soccer roster
Seniors
Torri Brotherton, left defender
Kate Gilmore, forward
Abby Harper, forward
Megan Shipley
Juniors
Mishal Azeem, right midfielder
Aileen Frazier, sweeper
Emma Lochmoeller
Sophomores
Gabby Gombas, midfielder
Amanda Ingersoll, center midfielder
Emma Stoverink
Freshmen
Mackenzie Baum
Caroline Bender
Maggie Callihan, stopper
Elle Curran, left midfielder
Logan Darrow, goalkeeper
Madelyn Dorenbusch, center midfielder
Meghan Haug, right defender
Rachel Walthall
Rebecca Walthall

Freshman Mackenzie Baum.
Freshman Mackenzie Baum.
Freshman Caroline Bender.
Freshman Caroline Bender.
Freshman Rebecca Walthall.
Freshman Rebecca Walthall.

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