It was a season of historic change for White Knoll soccer in 2009. The Timberwolves boys earned their first-ever state playoff win in their first-ever home state playoff match. The T-wolves girls, on the other hand, made an even more dramatic step in the right direction – putting together an 11-8 record and earning a Class 4A state playoff berth after going 8-39 with no postseason invitations in the three previous seasons.
“I would like to think that the 2009 season marks the beginning of a new era in girls soccer at White Knoll,” said coach David Lloyd. “The work ethic and heart that the entire team displayed this season shows promise for the future. Several players fell into leadership roles and the entire team followed. We played this season with a 16-player roster and 14 of those players will return. We look to many of our young impact players to come back even stronger. They were thrown into starting varsity roles, took their lumps and began their maturation process younger than most.” Senior Cassey Lloyd, sophomore Sara Shumpert and freshman Joanna Lloyd were named to the Region 5-4A all-star team.
Lloyd and Rachel Deucker are the only departing senior starters.
Shumpert, Lloyd, Kori Burgess, Heather Hale, Kiara Keisler, Kayla Kight, Sydney Kutsch, Danielle Lown, Kayla Swails and Savannah Watkins will form the veteran core on next season’s team.
Watkins was honored as the team offensive player of the year, while Lown was named the defensive player of the year.