4A SIC Girls Soccer Preview
THE FAVORITE: Two-time defending state champ Bishop Kelly enters the fall as the SIC’s, and the state’s, clear front-runner.
The Knights only lost four seniors and return eight starters, including three committed to Division I programs: Elwer, senior Tatum Seastrand (Boise State) and sophomore Alicia Chatterton (Boise State).
THE CONTENDERS: Middleton returns six starters and a potent attack after missing state last year. The mix of speed, experience and killer instinct that Maddi Arnold, Emalie Wood, Emmy Williams and Addi Wyatt own have the Vikings eyeing a return trip to state.
Vallivue made a surprise run to take home the third-place trophy at state. The Falcons return nine starters from that team. Gonzalez and Casimira Thomas (13 goals) form a potent midfield duo with junior forward Madison Price (14 goals) on top of the formation.
THE DARK HORSES: Kuna drops down from the 5A level with two potent strikers in sophomore Jayla Ponce and Hannah Hust, who should be entering her junior season but plans to graduate early. Jasmine Ramos will feed the attack in her fourth year on the varsity squad. She’s one of a only few players with varsity experience as the Kavemen must replace 13 seniors.
Columbia is also dropping down from the 5A ranks with a young club. The Wildcats will rely on Hailey Hockett (NNU commit) and a host of multi-position weapons to overcome their inexperience.