Every class is unique and special for their own reasons and this past November women's soccer coach Leah Crews Castleman said goodbye to five very talented seniors. This bunch, for the better part of their tenure at Georgetown, was the backbone of the defense and the offensive fire power up top. With every graduation comes another group with a chance to meddle their talents with Castleman's game plan, taking Georgetown to another height in competition.
As of early June, the sixth-year coach has added seven true freshmen for the 2013 season – Shelby Vogel, Brittney Moshos, Kelsey Aerni, Danielle Lang, Amanda Hasl, Max Zimmer and Abby Sobolewski.
"I'm really excited about this incoming class," Castleman said. "I think they all possess the skills to help out immediately, while also giving depth. It is difficult to lose five players at once let alone five that meant so much to this program."
Three will factor into the offensive scheme with two midfielders and a forward. Of the four remaining, two are defenders and two are goalies.
Vogel, midfielder from Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelbyville, Ky., is a very technical and strong on the ball. She will wear No. 15 for the Tigers.
"Shelby distributes the ball well and looks to compete for time at attacking center-mid," Castleman said. "I can see her helping to create some offensive chances for us."
She started her high school career at Shelby County High School before moving to Collins her sophomore year as the school opened. Her teams were 47-26-5 during her tenure, with a 17-3-1 mark this past season with the Titans.
Sobolewski is the other midfielder and she comes from South Oldham High School. She will be wearing No. 16 during her time at Georgetown.
"Abby may fill the large void left by longtime starter Alessandra Jansen," Castleman said. "She is a scrappy center midfielder, very vocal and energetic. She could add a spark of energy into our midfield, while both creating attacking power and defensive havoc."
The Lady Dragons were 57-39-6 during Sobolewski's four years.
Joining those two in the offensive attack is Hasl a forward from Bishop Brossart High School. She will be wearing No. 23 as a Tiger.
"Amanda fast and powerful," Castleman said. "She is hardworking and very coachable. She can be one of those players that can step in as a target up top or be in the attacking center midfielder position."
Brossart was 45-30-9 during Hasl's four years.
Defensively, Castleman brings in two true defenders and two goalies.
Zimmer, sister to current women's soccer Tiger Morgan, joins as a center back from Manual as well. She will be wearing No. 8 at Georgetown.
"Max is a great addition for us, she could fill the shoes of Caitlin Williams in our back line," Castleman said. "She is big, strong, fast and plays on the top club team in the state. She's very experienced, knowledgeable and technical."
In four years, the Lady Crimsons allowed just 120 goals and posted a 58-28-4 record with several trips to the state tournament.
Aerni, a defender from Holy Cross High School in Covington, Ky., is also gaining high praise from Castleman.
"She could help us replace longtime starter and outside back Megan Melanson," the coach said. "She is another strong, scrappy, hardworking player."
She will wear No. 4 for the Tigers. The Indians were 38-32-5 during Aerni's four years.
Another area that ended up with no backups this past season was at goalkeeper. Freshman Kelsey Givens fought through injuries, helping Georgetown to a 10-7 standing with 26 goals scored and eight shutouts.
Helping to give more depth at the position between the pipes is Moshos and Lang.
Moshos, from Oldham County High School in Oldham, Ky. will be wearing No. 14 at Georgetown.
"Brittney is a powerful goalie," said Castleman, a former standout keeper for GC. "She has good size with athleticism. I'm just thrilled to have some solid backups this year at this very important position and look forward to seeing the two we have battle with these two newcomers."
Lang, from Amelia High School in Ohio will wear No. 00 as she guards the net.
"Again, Danielle brings good size to the goalie position," Castleman said. "She is quick and agile with a high level of club experience. She could push for the starting spot."