WEST LAFAYETTE --Returning a veteran team to the soccer field, the Ridgewood High Lady Generals are hoping to advance a bit further down the tournament trail this season.
Last season, the Lady Generals finished with a 7-6-3 record in the regular season before dropping a 4-2 decision to St. Clairsville in sectional tournament action.
Entering his fourth season leading the RHS program, head coach Casey Claxon has complied a career coaching mark of 21-15-11 with the Lady Generals.
Key losses from last year include Jessica Olinger, who earned first team all-Eastern District honors, along with Roxanne Thursby, Amanda Bible (honorable mention all-Eastern District), Alayna Frazee and Halie Schwab.
The Lady Generals welcome back nine letterwinners, including a total of six starters from last year's team.
Leading the way for the Lady Generals' veterans is senior Kalynn Bluck, who was the team's leading scorer last season with 10 goals as well as four assists. Bluck will be making a position switch this season, moving from a midfield slot to forward. She was a second team all-Eastern District selection last year.
Bluck is Ridgewood's all-time leading scorer with 25 goals thus far in her career.
Other returning starters for RHS are senior lettermen Mackenzie Bates (midfielder), Anna Powell (midfielder), Maddy Jones (defense), Hollie Schwab (defense) and Stormie Curry (defense).
"We have a great senior class," Claxon said. "They have really set the tone for our younger players and have turned our program around over the last three years."
Rounding out the returning letterwinners for the Lady Generals are junior Sam Moore (goalkeeper), senior Taylor Zinkon (midfielder) and junior Kaley Harrison (forward)
Bates, who tallied six goals with seven assists last year, will anchor the RHS midfield along with Zinkon, Powell and senior newcomer Krista Thomason (midfielder).
Three starters return on defense, with Jones at sweeper, along with Curry and Hollie Schwab.
Battling for the last starting spot on defense are sophomores Winter Preston (midfielder) and Kimi Pepping (defense).
Moore will be back in net for the Lady Generals as goalkeeper after making three starts among her eight appearances last season. She finished with a total of 22 saves last year, and added four goals with two assists during time playing in the field.
Completing the Lady Generals' roster are juniors Morgan Marhofer (midfielder), Joanna Eberwine (forward); sophomores Natasha Helmick (defense), Brianna Grace (midfielder), Kyra Gephart (midfielder), Amanda Davis (midfielder), Victoria Share (defense), Lori Hart (defense); and freshmen Sydney Bone (defense), Kristin Milligan (midfielder), Alexis Zimmerman (midfielder), and Tara Milligan (midfielder).
Judd Bone serves as Claxon's assistant coach.
"This year's group is committed to working hard and getting better every day," Claxon said. "They seem to enjoy working together and having fun while still getting the job done."