B Page -- Aug. 14, 2010

B-W Women's soccer

Continued from A Page

Joining Sutter in the back is senior Academic All-OAC performer Ellie Reinbrecht (Sylvania/Toledo St. Ursula), senior Vickie Dreiling (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) and sophomore Margo Laseak (Mentor). Dreiling played mostly in the midfield last season and tallied two scores.

South Alum Linsey Calpacs

In the midfield, Ayers returns three student-athletes with starting experience in senior 2007 All-OAC selection Linsey Clapacs (Willoughby Hills/South), senior Academic All-OAC player Liz Rice (Wooster/Triway) and sophomore Leah Poiner (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls). Rice had one goal last season. Poiner recorded an assist and shared the team's Rookie of the Year award with Laseak.

Former Cardinal Margo Laseak


Stow's Leah Poiner
Up top, sophomore Angie Wigton (Worthington/Worthington Christian), the team's Offensive Player of the Year, returns after scoring two goals and adding an assist last year. Junior Angelica Meggitt (Amherst/Steele) scored a goal in 20 starts and junior Leanne Kasburg (Cuyahoga Falls) had two goals.

Amherst Alumna Angie Meggitt

Falls' Kasburg

"We have a lot of question marks on the roster but I am still very excited about this group," said Ayers. "We feel if the players perform to our expectations, this will be one of the better teams I have had in my tenure at B-W."

The Yellow Jackets also return several key players who missed significant time last season due to injury. Senior forward Natalie Fox (Canfield) is back for a fifth year after being limited to only six games in 2009. She enters 2010 with 15 points on six goals and three assists.

Junior forward Noelle Fox (Canfield), Natalie's sister, also was limited to six games, but still managed three goals. In addition, Ayers returns junior midfielder Brittany Thomas (Westerville/Central), who played in only nine games in 2009, but was a starter and had two goals and two assists as a freshman. With Natalie Fox, Noelle Fox and Thomas all back this season, B-W essentially returns 11 starters.

Ayers also expects senior midfielder Amanda Vitello (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney), and sophomore Brigitte Petrash (Parma/Normandy) to bounce back strong from injuries last season.

"We lost a lot of quality players for significant stretches of the season," noted Ayers. "If we can get those players back in form, it should be a big help in terms of leadership, experience and talent."

B-W will open with seven road contests including the season-opener at Alma (Mich.) College on Wednesday, September 1 at 3:30 p.m. The Yellow Jacket home-opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 18 versus Grove City (Pa.) College at 4:30 p.m. The Jackets open Ohio Athletic Conference play at Marietta College on Saturday, October 2 at 3:30 p.m.

"We can expect another strong season in the OAC," said the head coach. "There are no easy games in this conference which makes things fun and challenging."