The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 11, 2013

Jon Gerardi's high school soccer column: Teams adjusting to graduation losses easily

There's nothing new with schools having to replace talented players to graduation.

It literally happens every single year, just pick a school.

It's still early in the season, but it looks like all the holes a lot of teams had to fill from last year's graduation went off seemlessly and just about everyone's still clicking as if nothing changed.

Take this week's Selinsgrove at Lewisburg girls game. The Green Dragons have a new player in goal to replace the talented Sienna Fisher. Meanwhile, the Seals had to replace a handful of players, most notably scoring leader Jenna Fisher.

No problem.

Kirsten Blakeslee played solid against the defending District 4 champion Seals on Monday, recording nine saves and had two huge stops in regulation, including a great diving save to tip the ball backwards out of bounds.

"She's been great. Last year she had a few games. I thought she was great," Lewisburg coach Jose Vega said. "She played solid."

And for Selinsgrove, it was just a matter of finetuning an already great offense.

"We moved a lot of players around," Selinsgrove coach Matt Metzger said. "We had a lot of players step up. There's a lot of players that were on the bench last year that are stepping up and doing a real nice job for us this year, and that's nice to see."

Without Fisher up front, Selinsgrove now has relied on others to pick up the pace, such as Nicole Krebs.

Krebs leads the Seals with six goals on the season, second-best in the area in District 4. She also has a second-best four assists, tied with teammate Sam Rodkey.

One of the biggest question marks for a lot of area fans -- especially those in Turbotville -- was most likely who will step up and fill the shoes left by two-time Daily Item Player of the Year Taylor Landis?

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