Bitler set to lead Warrior soccer team

REMUS — Chippewa Hills’ girls soccer coach Brad Gandy is relying on several key players to help his team have success in its first season of soccer in the Central State Activities Association.

This includes Isabel Bitler, who is a sophomore and also played on last year’s rookie team

“We didn’t win every game and got mercies a few,” she said. “We did our best and it was fun.”

Bitler, who also plays golf, will be Chippewa Hills’ goalkeeper.

“I think I did pretty well,” she said. “There are a couple of things where I could have done better.”

Bitler considers attacking the ball and talking to her defense to be among her best strengths.

In her career, she hasn’t always been a goalkeeper

“I played forward first and then goalkeeper,” Bitler said. “I like that I’m the last resort. It was my idea (to play keeper).”

The Warriors are scheduled to play at Reed City on Monday in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action.

“I think we’ll be better than last year,” Bitler said. “We have more players so we can use more substitutes this year. I think we’ve very good at talking to each other and knowing when to pass to each other.”

The Warriors are home on Wednesday against Lakeview and on Saturday against Manistee.

“We have a practice field, but this year, we’re going to be in the stadium (high school football field),” Gandy said. “It’s going to be a good experience for the girls. They’ll get to play under the lights. We’ll get to the field at 5 p.m. and start playing at 6 p.m.”

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John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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