Olivetathletics.com is counting down the top 10 Olivet High School sports stories of 2015-16. Here is No. 6…
After winning just two games last season and getting shut out 10 times during its 15 setbacks, the Olivet varsity girls’ soccer team had nowhere to go but up in 2016.
But no one could have predicted how quickly the Lady Eagles would improve, especially since they had to adjust to an entirely new system under first-year coach Mitch Brady.
Overcoming the odds, not to mention a youthful roster, Olivet recorded records of 10-7 overall and 8-4 in the Greater Lansing Activities Conference. The 10 victories were the most in program history, and the league mark was good enough for third place behind Lansing Christian and Leslie.
As a result, the Eagles’ giant leap to respectability is the No. 6 Olivet High School sports story of 2015-16.
“I felt that this year was a huge success,” Brady said. “The girls worked extremely hard to get where they are. There were a lot of memorable moments, and I hope the girls had as much fun as I did.”
Olivet’s top offensive players this spring included senior Loren Westlake, junior Kylie Falk, and sophomores Kaylee Richardson and Amber Foster. Freshman Megann Davis and goalie Megan Ormsbee were the backbone of the defense.
Olivet swept four GLAC schools — Lakewood, Perry, Stockbridge and Maple Valley — and also knocked off non-league foes Comstock and Quincy. In addition, they opened eyes with strong losing efforts against Battle Creek Pennfield and Leslie.
The program’s best record prior to this season came in 2004 when Coach Steve Peak’s squad went 9-6-1.