Lindbergh girls soccer team ready to make some noise in 2006

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Make no mistake about it, the Lindbergh High School girls’ soccer team is poised to make some noise this year in the Suburban West Conference.

After going 13-8 overall with a 5-3 mark in conference play last season, the Flyers (0-0-1) return 14 players from last year’s roster, including nine starters.

Lindbergh head coach Mark Giesing believes that the 2006 Flyers have the ability to be quite successful in one of the premier public school conferences in the state.

“I think that the Suburban West, in terms of public school conferences, is right up there with the best in the state,” Giesing told the Call. “I think we’re in a position now to make some noise this year.”

The Flyers return their top scoring threat from last season, sophomore striker Aimee Ubriaco, who scored 19 goals and eight assists in the 2005 campaign.

“Aimee’s our leading goal scorer from last year with 19 goals,” Giesing said. “I think that she has the potential to be the leading goal scorer in Lindbergh girls soccer history.”

Another striker who the Flyers will be relying on this season is junior Aly Reynolds, who notched four goals and two assists last season.

“We’re very excited about Aly’s play this season,” Giesing said. “She works in great combination with Ubriaco and we really like the fact that they have the ability to feed and play off each other.”

Lindbergh’s midfield will be anchored by seniors Kelly Huelsing and Allison Giles. Huelsing scored two goals and six assists last year, while Giles recorded two goals and one assist.

“Kelly’s the ultimate playmaker and when you give her a yard of space between two defenders, she finds a way to get between them,” Giesing said. “Allison’s a steady playmaker that can also hold down the fort defensively. She has a good balance of offensive and defensive ability.”

Lindbergh’s defense will consist of sophomores Sarah Ghidina (1 goal, 1 assist) and Laura Gier, along with junior sweeper Sarah Covin-Fritz and senior marking back/stopper Stefanie Herrmann, who recorded two assists last season.

“Sarah (Ghidina) really plays well and anticipates where her opponents are going and has the ability to shut them down quick,” Giesing said. “Laura’s a good and smart player that’s really turned into an attacking back for us.

“Stefanie’s done both of these roles (marking back/stopper) for us in the past and is steady in the backfield. Sarah (Covin-Fritz) is always steady for us in the backfield and never really panics.”

Senior Haley Fox returns as Lindbergh’s starting goalkeeper after racking up a 13-7 record last season when she held opponents to a 0.99 goals-against average.

“Haley’s a very solid and strong goalie,” Giesing said. ‘I think that she’s one of the best goalkeepers in the Suburban West Conference.”

The Flyers are back in action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when they play host to the Mehlville Panthers.