By René Ferrán
Teams and players to watch in the fall 2021 Oregon high school girls soccer season
Teams to watch
Barlow: The Bruins boast two of the state’s best in senior defender Erin Marynik (who’s drawn interest from Alabama State and Portland State) and junior forward Kennedie Shuler, and they also return goalkeeper Cameron Waibel and top scorers Abbie Nelson and Naomi Whipps (all three are seniors).
Grant: The Generals went 8-2-1 during the spring and will battle Lincoln and Wells for top honors in the PIL.
Jesuit: Led by Saint Louis commit Taylor Krueger and junior defender Eva Grunkemeier, the three-time defending state champion Crusaders look to extend their 69-game unbeaten streak.
Lakeridge: The Pacers have the state’s top keeper in senior Abby Pressnell and are coming off an 8-1-2 spring season.
Mountainside: The Mavericks made it to the 2019 state final in their second year. Led by senior midfielder Emma Rogers, another trip to Hillsboro Stadium to end the season is possible.
Sherwood: The Bowmen are the last 6A team not named Jesuit to win a state championship (2016), and led by juniors Ella Weathers and Ava Weisenfluh, they’ll be in title contention again this fall.
Players to watch
F Taylor Krueger, Sr., Jesuit; D Erin Marynik, Sr., Barlow; GK Abby Pressnell, Sr., Lakeridge; M Emma Rogers, Sr., Mountainside; M Nicole Williams, Sr., Sprague; M Mia Coste, Jr., Sunset; M Morgan Keller, Jr., Liberty; F Kennedie Shuler, Jr., Barlow; D Eva Grunkemeier, Jr., Jesuit; D Maya Loudd, Jr., Tualatin; D Elle Unflat, Jr., Wilson; F/M Emily Rehn, Sr., Lincoln; D Liv Frazier, Sr., Grant; F Ella Weathers, Jr., Sherwood; M Ava Weisenfluh, Jr., Sherwood; D Amelia Goodwill, Sr., Central Catholic; F Ava Peterson, Sr., Clackamas; M Natalie Redpath, Jr., Lake Oswego; D Maya Loudd, Jr., Tualatin; D Jayden Hill, Sr., Lake Oswego; M Maddy Endler, Sr., West Salem; F Isabelle Cruz, Sr., South Medford; M Jazmine Campbell, Sr., Grants Pass
Teams to watch
Corvallis: The Spartans didn’t lose to a 5A team during the spring and are part of a powerhouse Mid-Willamette Conference trio.
Crater: The Comets more than held their own in a 5A/6A Southern Oregon Conference in the spring, going 7-3-2. They return second-team all-SOC center backs Mia Tewes and Kayleigh Gugliotta, both seniors.
Crescent Valley: The two-time defending champions had three players move on to play collegiately but will be right in the thick of the title chase again.
North Eugene: A 2017 finalist and 2019 semifinalist, the Highlanders will battle with Crater for Midwestern League top honors.
West Albany: The third member of the MWC trio of contenders is led by senior forward Lily Ruiz.