Young Chippewa Hills soccer team excited about future

Raina Abbott tallied 19 goals for Chippewa Hills this season. (Pioneer file photo)

REMUS — The Chippewa Hills girls soccer team may have just completed its second full season in program history but there is much to be proud of.

The Warriors finished the 2019 season with a 7-11 (3-5) record and advanced to the Division 3 district finals before bowing out to Freeland 8-0.

“Overall, I believe we exceeded expectations for the year,” head coach Brad Gandy said. “Although I thought we would be a top five team in the league, we finished sixth so we fell short of the goal. But we finished second in a tournament and brought the first soccer trophy to the school.”

Chippewa Hills had five girls make the all-conference team in sophomore Raina Abbott and junior Emily Gandy. Abbott tallied 19 goals and Gandy had three goals and 11 assists.

“Raina is a solid player that continues to grow more as our starting forward,” Gandy said. “Emily is a team captain that does a great job in setting up her team to score goals, huge throw-ins and can last an entire game.”

Team captains Jessalyn Justice and Isabel Bitler and Avery Claybaugh made the all-district team along with Abbott and Gandy.

“Jessalyn grinds it out and great defensive player that sees the field,” Gandy said. “She’s not afraid to mix it up and a team captain that plays all 80 minutes every game. Isabel made a lot of key saves that kept us in a game or helped us win the game. She continues to grow each year and made some awesome saves this year.”

The Warriors were prone to making mistakes that most young teams make. But with their entire core returning next year, the Warriors are looking to take the next step.

“There where many games we lost by one or two goals,” Gandy said.  “We had some chances to do better and had some injuries to crucial starters for several games.  We’re a young team that continues to learn. 

“I believe we have a good year ahead and look for us to improve our overall league record and make it even farther in districts.”

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