Meet the Team
Returning for her second year between the pipes is sophomore Amanda Payton (Clinton, Ind.). Last season, Payton was stellar in goal for the Pomeroys. She tallied a total of 45 saves in 11 matches. She helped keep the Pomeroys in every single match and made some unbelievable saves. If healthy, she will look to continue to be a big asset to the Pomeroy defense.
Newcomer Alex Haan (Layfayette, Ind.) joins the Pomeroy roster as an additional goalkeeper this season. A two-year starter for Lafayette Central Catholic High School, Haan will also showcase her talents and prove she can equally keep the ball out of the back of the net. Even as a first year player, Haan has already displayed signs of brilliance during preseason.
The Pomeroys return all of their defending players from last season. With the versatility of veteran and new talent, there will be a variety of players who have the ability to play in the back. Key starters from last year include juniors Denae Sallis (Tacoma, Wash.) and Liz DeMoss (Martinsville, Ind.). Both Sallis and DeMoss were vital anchors in the backline for the Pomeroys last season. This year will prove to be no different. Both players have established themselves as worthy defenders and should provide excellent defensive efforts in each and every match. Senior and captain Emily Fauber (Terre Haute, Ind.) will also be a main contributor in the backline for the Pomeroys. After taking a year off from soccer, Fauber is eager to get back onto the field and provide plenty of defensive support. Other contributing players to the Pomeroy backline will include freshman Dulce Chavez (Chicago, Ill.). Chavez was a standout defender at Morton East High School in Chicago, Ill. With her speed and tenacity, she will undoubtedly be a force as an outside defender this season. Freshmen Katy Kniola (Michigan City, Ind.) and Whitney Teeters (Martinsville, Ind.) will also see time in the back for the Pomeroys. After a superb display of defending in preseason, Kniola will be a strong candidate here. Her size and ability to win balls out of the air will be a great asset in keeping the ball away from the Pomeroy net. Similarly, Teeters possesses resiliency when defending and winning balls for her teammates. She’s physically strong and can use her size and skill with the ball to her advantage. As a whole, the defending unit should be quite solid this season.
With the potential of playing a formation with five midfield players, both Coach Aycock and Jeftich will have many options in filling the midfield roles. The lone true midfielder returning from last year’s starting lineup is senior and captain Logan Jones (Tipton, Ind.). Jones has been a key contributor in the central and outside midfield position over the past few years. She has shown strong technical and physical ability over the course of her career and will prove to be a vital component in the central midfield this season. Joining Jones in the central midfield roles will be senior and captain Samantha Morrison (Bloomington, Ind.). Morrison has been a very versatile player over the past few seasons. Playing forward her freshman year and central defender last season, she has proven she can play anywhere on the field. She should be an important playmaker this year, creating many chances offensively. If being versatile wasn’t enough, junior Julie Debish (Kenosha, Wis.) will also find herself in a central midfield position this year. A starting defender the past two seasons, Debish will now display her passing and dribbling talents in a defensive midfield role. At times, she may be called to fill in for the defensive back line, but don’t count out her ability to play in the middle of the field.
Making a splash this season as an outside midfielder will be junior Paige Leuthold (Lafayette, Ind.) Leuthold has been excellent as an outside defender the past few seasons. However, with her brilliant display of technical and tactical ability during preseason, she has shown that her talents will be very useful in the midfield. Senior and captain Chloe Laubert (Terre Haute, Ind.) will also see time playing the outside flank position. With three years of playing experience and veteran leadership, expect Laubert to make this season her best yet. Freshmen Alejandra Tellez (Griffith, Ind.) and Kylee White (Camby, Ind.) will also experience time in the midfield. Tellez is a very smooth and technical player. Her fitness and ability to make decisions on and off the ball will make her dangerous to the opposition. White shares similar qualities as Tellez and will be able to deliver much support in the middle of the field. Her athleticism and ability to play quickly in tight space will help provide a spark in keeping possession of the ball and creating opportunities in the attacking third.
Don’t expect the Pomeroys to struggle finding the back of the net this season. With the additions of freshmen Amanda Loebker (Terre Haute, Ind.), Sarah Robinson (Shelbyville, Ind.), and Hannah Whittington (Spencer, Ind.), goal scoring opportunities will be plentiful. Loebker, a three-year starter at Terre Haute North High School, will provide plenty of offensive firepower going forward. With her speed and craftiness with and without the ball, she will certainly be very dangerous in front of goal. She may be one of the best freshman strikers to wear a SMWC soccer uniform. Robinson has shown the ability to provide many offensive weapons in the attack. Her ability to take on defenders and create space for herself and her teammates will make her an effective weapon up top. Whittington will also provide the Pomeroys with opportunities in front of goal. She possesses great speed and agility, which opponents this season might not find easy to defend.
The SMWC soccer team hopes to make the 2012 season an exciting one for all Pomeroy faithful! Come out and support “Team Awesome” and show your Pomeroy Pride!