Three-year starter Mikhaela Cortez will pace the Wildcat soccer team this season. (Photo by John Fisken)

Three-year starter Mikhaela Cortez will pace the Wildcat soccer team this season. (Photo by John Fisken)

Fall prep preview / Oak Harbor soccer

Coach: Mike Lonborg.

2018: 6-9-1; 4-9-1, 10th in conference.

Returning letter winners: seniors Gracie Hiteshew, Peyton Rhyne (all-league honorable mention in 2018), Mikhaela Cortez (honorable mention), Natalie Plush, Morgan Lamar; juniors Chloe Wallace, Olivia Lerch; sophomore Tianna Jackson.

Key newcomers: junior Cassie Stady, freshman Tessa Hughes.

Coach’s comment: “The team’s expectations are to play and work as a unit and grow on and off the field, both as individuals and as a team. If we are successful with that, then everything else will fall into place.”

Strengths: Senior heavy team, experience throughout lineup.

Weakness: Lack of depth. (“We have to avoid injury and any other potential issues.”)

First match: at South Whidbey, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.

First home match: Meadowdale, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12

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