Oak Harbor will led by all-league selection Caylie Etherington, left. (Photo by John Fisken)

Fall prep preview / Oak Harbor soccer

The Oak Harbor High School soccer team will rely on “new blood” this year, according to coach Mike Lonborg.

The transfusion of talent should help the Wildcats improve on its 3-12-1 record from last fall.

Leading the newcomers are sophomore goal keeper Trinity Styles and freshmen Cassie Stady and Chloe Wallace.

They will join a nucleus of returning players, senior letter winners Caylie Etherington, Jenna Cooley and Lenika Aguilar, junior Jessica Vester and sophomores Gracie Hiteshew and Mikhaela Cortez.

Team captain Etherington was a first-team, all-Wesco midfielder in 2016; Cortez was a second-team defender.

“We have the beginnings of a very solid back line,” Lonborg said. “Three returning starters on defense should help a new goalie and another freshman on the line.”

Scoring is Lonborg’s biggest concern, but the talented Etherington should give the Wildcats a target up top.

“Expectations and goals are simple — make the playoffs,” Lonborg said. “Once you hit playoffs, anything is possible.

“(We have) a good group of girls this year that are going to work hard, strive for the top and do the best they can do. As a coach, that’s all I can ask.”

Oak Harbor hosts a jamboree at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.

Squalicum comes to Wildcat Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, for the season opener.

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